A recent survey from The Academy of Medical Sciences has highlighted widespread concerns about the potential impact of COVID-19 on mental health, including access to support services.
We are all living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major disruption to lives of your employees and as a result, many of them may be experiencing heightened levels of stress and anxiety.
The pandemic has affected us all in various ways, for some, working from home has become the new norm, while others have had to be placed on furlough to help organisations reduce payroll costs during these challenging times.
At the time of writing, governments in the UK and Ireland are beginning to plan the weeks and months ahead, with careful consideration on how and when lockdown restrictions should relaxed.
This means, depending on your organisation and location, the opportunity for your employees to return to work may present itself over the course of the coming weeks and months.
Whether your employees return to work, remain working from home or continue to be furloughed, employee wellbeing and morale will have undoubtedly taken a knock as this pandemic has unfolded.
Boosting employee morale top tips
To help you provide your people with a much-needed morale boost during these challenging times, we have listed a few top tips below...
- Continue to be flexible - Whether your organisation is in a position to welcome employees back to work or not, it’s important to try to remain flexible in regards to employee work schedules. Don’t forget that some of your people may be living with a vulnerable person or may have childcare scheduling issues, thus causing unwanted stress and anxiety. Therefore, by offering flexible working you will be doing wonders for their mental wellbeing.
- Be the example - In times of worry and concern, employees look to their managers and leaders for guidance and support. Set the example by remaining calm and compassionate to others and make yourself available to listen to the concerns of your team members.
- Recognition - If you organisation doesn’t have a reward and recognition plan in place, now is the perfect time to implement one. Hosting virtual award ceremonies with online vouchers rewards can be a fun way to recognise the hard work of your team members as well as an opportunity to check in with your people on a regular basis.
- Encourage social interaction - One of the most significant adjustments for us all during these unprecedented times has been the lack of social interaction with our friends, family and colleagues. Lift your team’s spirits by hosting virtual quizzes, interactive games or movie “watch-alongs”. To ensure you cultivate a feeling of togetherness amongst your teams, it’s important that you invite all of those on furlough as well as those who are still working.
- Ask for feedback - Lastly, ask your people how they are feeling on a regular basis and ask how you can make any improvements to their working lives. Do they feel as though they are being updated enough? Have they got the right equipment to carry out their work to a high standard?
It’s important to know that if you are concerned about the wellbeing of a member of your team, the Health Assured confidential helpline is operating as normal and is available to your employees 24/7, 365.
If you would like to find out more information on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Health Assured on:
UK: 0844 892 2493
ROI: 01 886 0324