Employers – Be Kind
This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK. With so many of us facing challenging circumstances right now, it is even more critical to be mindful of our own mental health and that of those close to us. With many campaigns over the years, aiming to remove the stigma around talking about mental health, treating ourselves and those around us with kindness is now becoming a more recognised concept.
This year’s theme has been #KindnessMatters. Following the tragic death of Caroline Flack and other countless deaths due to online trolls, the #BeKind campaign was launched. It is helping to raise awareness about online bullying, and how we treat each other can affect mental health. The campaign aims to promote positive interactions on social media and to take a stand against online trolls.
Being kind as an employer
As many of us have been thrust into remote working, or not working at all, isolating alone or in a volatile relationship the Covid crisis means that now more than ever #kindnessmatters and keeping in touch with employees is vital.
Being a kind employer or manager can include:
While the government guidance is easing in terms of getting back to the office, ask yourself if getting staff into an office is possible for them all? Some will be skipping back in, desperate for a sense of normality, some may be anxious and not want to be back in the workplace; while others for logistical reasons are unable to get to work as childcare and schools remain on the whole closed.
Managers can help with the anxiety and fears of staff, which may be centred on returning to work. As a manager, there are many things you can do to be a great boss and be kind to your staff. Some employees may suffer from anxiety and depression and returning to work can heighten these feelings.
The current situation needs some new approaches in employee support, where feelings of chronic stress and poor mental health can occur. As this situation is not going to change quickly, any steps should have a long-term view.
Be kind in your approach to those who aren’t easily able to get into the workplace.
But more than anything, be kind in your thought process, everyone’s situation is different and potentially difficult. Your employees will want the best for the business and will do what they can to help it survive, but theirs and their family’s health and wellbeing should come first.
Please remember to:
Looking after your employees now, will ensure their long-term mental health, which will have long-term benefits to businesses in terms of productivity, loss of absence due to mental health issues, increased staff retention due to loyalty and status as an employer of choice.
Parental Choice works with businesses to support their employees who have childcare or eldercare responsibilities.
We do this through helping them secure long-term dependable childcare or finding care homes for the elderly, all supported with a programme of wellbeing talks and presentations to provide emotional strategies designed to help with the challenges of juggling a family and a career.
More information on our services can be found here.