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Mental health always matters in the workplace. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it matters now more than ever. Business leaders and managers who integrate mental health into their COVID-19 recovery plan have the opportunity to help their employees and company thrive during the recovery and beyond.
Because of COVID-19, employees all over the world have been forced to adjust their routines. Millions of workers have been working from home because of the pandemic. It is the largest and quickest mass shift in working patterns ever recorded. Returning to the office after working from home also presents significant challenges and stresses. Every employee has different circumstances. Some have their children at home. Some have responsibilities – both longstanding and new – caring for older family members who are ill. Work disruptions, extended time at home, additional personal stresses, financial pressure, caring for family members, and uncertainty about the future – all of these changes can impact employees’ mental health and influence their work engagement and job performance.
Why Your Employees’ Mental Health Matters at Work
Addressing employee mental health can have major benefits for the people in your workforce. When you incorporate mental health into your COVID-19 recovery planning, you have the potential to promote coping and resilience and help prevent mental illness. Attending to your employees’ mental health needs during COVID-19 will mitigate the damaging effects of the pandemic and ensure that your employees are supported in ways that enhance their overall well-being and productivity. This will, in turn, enhance your organization’s capacity to successfully navigate these choppy waters.
Major Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19
Supporting your Employees’ Mental Health is Not Only the Right Thing To Do, it’s the Smart Thing To Do.
Employee well-being is at the heart of a strong, healthy, and ethical workplace. As a business leader or manager, your duty of care and responsibility for your employees’ health will always include attention to their mental health and well-being, but it can be difficult to juggle all the competing demands. In the context of COVID-19, attention to employees’ mental health and well-being is both critically important and especially challenging.
This toolkit gives you information in a format that is easy to use so that you are able to successfully integrate mental health into your COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Given that we spend most of our waking hours working, our workplace environment can dramatically influence how we feel and how we function. When leaders and managers support employees’ mental health, a virtuous cycle is created: overall employee well-being positively impacts work performance, which pays dividends in terms of organizational success.
The Benefits of Supporting Employees’ Mental Health
The mental well-being of the individuals who make up your workforce is a strong asset for your business - from improving company culture to increasing customer and client satisfaction.