The fact that Mental Health Awareness month is during the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly fitting. With the current social distancing and stay-at-home orders, it is very important to check on employee’s mental health. A recent poll of 2,190 adults by NORC at the University of Chicago found the majority of Americans have felt anxious, depressed, lonely or hopeless in at least one of the last seven days in April. Now more than ever, employers need to enhance communications and stay connected with employees – focusing on their safety and increasing their trust in your company. Constant and transparent communication is crucial for ensuring continued productivity while working remotely.
Poor mental health can negatively affect job performance and productivity, engagement with one’s work, communication with co-workers, and physical capability and daily functioning. It is important to encourage employees and managers to reach out, keep communication flowing and even add fun events into the workweek. Remind employees that taking a few minutes to step away, and get some fresh air or take a quick mental break, can drastically improve mood.
Sending email communication regularly to employees helps, especially if including tips to assist them through this time. Appropriate emails at this time can include tips on how to stay focused, links to online resources or helpful mobile apps, or simply comments reinforcing the value of your company. An email just to show that you care and are here for everyone would have a positive impact on morale, as well. Check out the resources below that can be helpful for managers, HR, and employees during this time.
These suggestions are of course just a short list as there are a ton more online! During Mental Health Awareness month and beyond, we hope that everyone stays safe and keeps mentally healthy.
If you are looking for more tips, join our free webinar June 27 focused on Increasing Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace.