The coronavirus pandemic has caused severe disruption to many businesses. With the uncertainty and changing guidelines it is natural that an employee’s mental health may be affected. As with any mental health condition it can be triggered by a variety of factors including:
Check in with absent employees – try to communicate as much as possible.
Encourage them to stay healthy and active (within the recommended limits during this time).
Remember they remain employed so communicate with them during the period of lay off if this is practicable. Ensure they have a contact number so they can speak to someone if they have any concerns or queries over pay or terms of employment.
Firstly, make sure you are doing all that you can to protect them in the workplace, provide safety equipment, implement social distancing etc… Listen to any concerns that an employee may raise and remember that this will affect every employee differently depending on their circumstances and any pre-existing mental health conditions.
Make sure you check in a little more on those you know may be suffering more at this time e.g. because of pre-existing mental and / or physical health issues or due to personal circumstances.
Make sure employees who remain working are recognised and feel valued for what they are doing.
This can be a test of the trust between the two parties.
Some employers may have an EAP scheme in place for their employees, this is a good time for these schemes to be utilised – they offer a range of independent support and advice to employees. You may also want to point them in the direction of organisations such as MIND who offer helpful tips on coping in these uncertain and difficult times.
If you have a specific question that we have not covered then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.