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Return to Workplace Practical Guide During and Beyond COVID-19

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Every Little Action Helps


We close this guide by posing a question to us all - how can we all help our local communities and, in doing so, help the world recover from COVID-19? We can’t all be medics, transportation drivers and IT experts. But we have other skills – physical and mental.

Volunteer professional or amateur skills. We can volunteer to help organisations with their day-to-day work, so they can concentrate on making the world healthy again.

Share the money. Maybe you used to do all your food shopping in one supermarket? Now we can consciously shop in three or four places, dividing our spending among different retailers, small and large – so everyone can benefit. This applies equally to office or work supplies as it does to our personal budgets.

These ideas aren’t new, and they’re certainly not scientifically tested, but they “feel” right. So, they have a third benefit, making us feel healthy in spirit.

Data cited in this Guide

More than 1 in 3 professional service employees in Hong Kong experienced mental ill health while in employment (slide 4) -
http://www.cmhahk.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/20190125-Mental-health-in-the-workplace_EN_WEB.pdf
3 Major Gaps in Mental Health Support at Work (slide 5) -
http://www.cmhahk.org/wp- content/uploads/2019/05/20190125-Mental-health-in-the-workplace_EN_WEB.pdf

Online Resources mentioned in this Guide

Handwashing Lyrics
Washyourlyrics

Exercising at Work
Snacknation Office Exercise

Liverpool FC Exercises
https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolFC/videos/545345273047662/
https://www.facebook.com/67920382572/videos/791909034548281
https://www.facebook.com/67920382572/videos/236986270981705
https://www.facebook.com/67920382572/videos/221405942619168

Mental Health Apps
Breathe2Relax
Calm
Headspace

Happify
Mind Guru
Mood Gym
Reflectly
Smiling Mind

Podcasts
The Brendon Show
BBC Radio 4 Quiz
Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction with Dr Sanjay Gupta
Curious With Josh Peck
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Dear Hank and John
Home Cooking
Jimmy Kimmel Life
MentalMusic
Radiolab
The School of Greatness
Science Friday
Stuff You Missed in History Class

Other Useful Health and Leadership Resources

Anxiety
Coping With COVID-19 Anxiety: Frequently Asked Questions (Source: Columbia University)
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 (Source: CDC)
Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Worry (Source: Help Guide)

Burnout
Avoiding Burnout (Source: MindTools)
Burnout Response (Source: Workplace Strategies for Mental Health)
Preventing Burnout Among Healthcare Employees During Past Pandemics (Source: Psychiatric Services)

Child Care and Parenting
Advice for Caregivers of Children with Disabilities in the Era of COVID-19 (Source: APA)
Tips for Parents on Coping with COVID (Source: Columbia Psychiatry)
Top 10 guidelines on How to Help Children Navigate COVID-19 (Source: UCLA Health)

Fear, Worry, and Stress
Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Worry (Source: Help Guide)
Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Source: CDC)

Financial Concerns and Job Security
How to Navigate the Financial Stress of COVID-19 (Source: Psychology Today)

Infection Fears
Coping with Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety (Source: NIH)
Coping with Outbreak Stress (Source: CDC)

Media Overload
Social Distance from Social Media: 6 Practical Tips for Surviving COVID-19 Information Overload
( MassBio)
Preventing Information Overload in the “Always On” Workplace (Source: Sodexo)
Communication Technology Tips for Staying Fully Charged Sodexo)

Physical Wellness & Stress Management
Simple Desk Exercises (Source: Posture People)

Resilience
Building Your Resilience (Source: APA))

Supportive Leadership
Lead with Empathy During the COVID-19 Crisis (Source: The Conversation)
How Leaders Can Maximize Trust and Minimize Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Source: APA)
The Heart of Resilient Leadership: Responding to COVID-19 (Source: Deloitte)