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Supporting mental fitness #9 – living through lockdown

Posted on: January 5th, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

New year blues, lockdown living, home-schooling struggles and furlough fears will be common for many.

In our latest series update, we explore how you can best support colleagues with their mental fitness.

Proactive flexibility – new lockdown creates new worries… anything from childcare, future finances, to relationships. Ask managers to be proactive and check-in with their team on an individual basis to find out the support and flexibility they need. There’s plenty that can be done that doesn’t cost the earth – whether it’s flexing working hours around schooling, furlough, early holiday, there are options available.

Caring personally – working from home or being furloughed can make colleagues feel isolated and disconnected. Encourage managers to have video calls and chats with colleagues on a regular basis and think about how they can continue to socialise whilst away from the workplace. Click here for our ideas on supporting those working remotely.

Tooling up – with Blue Monday fast approaching and many struggling with their mental fitness, knowing how to identify mental health challenges and approach discussions about mental wellbeing can feel difficult with many managers worrying about saying the wrong thing. Give managers the tools to spot the early warning signs of a struggling colleague and practical guidance to support with conversations. To find out how to access our toolkit of practical mental health documents, click here.

Signposting support – promoting options to support with mental fitness is vital – from internal mental health first aiders and mental health champions, to employee assistance programmes or even charitable organisations, it all helps.

Mental health webinar

For further suggestions and information about how you can best support mental fitness at work, click here to access our free mental health webinar recording.

Mental health toolkit

Promoting employee well-being and mental health creates a more engaged workforce, reduces sickness absence and drives performance. We’ve created a user-friendly toolkit providing you and your managers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support your team’s mental health needs within the wider employment law context. Click here to find out more.

 

This update is accurate on the date it was sent (5 January 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.