The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is also impacting on employees mental health. But there are things you can do to protect your staff.
There has been an escalation in coronavirus cases globally in the last 48 hours. In response, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s is enacting the pandemic emergency response. We know that there will be a lot of employees experiencing a higher than usual level of stress right now.
From a workplace mental health perspective, during this time of fear and uncertainty, employees may be experiencing:
• Concern for their health and that of their friends, families and co-workers.
• Uncertainty about the economic impact on their organisation, and therefore their future employment
• Difficulty managing changes in the way they conduct their regular job tasks
• Frustration with the uncertainty as to how long this situation will last and how severe it will become
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And when people are stressed and fearful, people respond in a variety of ways. And when people are stressed, it is common for people to:
• become anxious or irritable
• experience conflict with co-worker’s
• feel demotivated or disengaged
• lower their productivity
• and a whole host of other responses.
Our hearts go out to the many of the workplaces we support that have staff and clients in affected areas, with some either previously or currently in quarantine. Many others are concerned about how the virus might impact their employees and their business in the coming weeks and or months.
For these reasons, we felt it timely to reach out and let you know about some of the ways in which we are ready to assist you in supporting your teams during this difficult time:
1. Online training programs – on mental health and wellbeing, resilience and mindfulness specifically but also the opportunity to upskill and keep staff engaged while regular duties might not be possible.
2. Interactive webinar sessions on how to manage stress and change. Specifically, in the context of the Coronavirus.
3. Online individual counselling and coaching
4. Consulting with leadership teams on workforce wellbeing strategy.
Our qualified, expert mental health professionals in Australia, the UK, and the USA, are ready to deliver support or training in Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and English.
We know that workplaces can be a great source of support to staff, and we’d like to see workplaces come together to look after each other during this time.
Please check the World Health Organization’s (WHO) resources on the Coronavirus (COVID 19)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel advice
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance
If there is anything we can do to assist with that, please get in touch. We are here to help.