Employees have noted they believe their employers have handled health and safety, technology and flexible work hours well. However, with employee’s mental well-being continuing to be a key issue since the Covid-19 pandemic began, it demonstrates that maintaining the status quo is not enough for employers to retain specifically younger employees. Employees under the age of 40 are more likely to reconsider their job as compared to Canadian employees over the age of 50.
Employers Need To Prioritize Employee Communication & Well-Being
Employers need to be proactive in prioritizing communication and the well-being of employees in everything they do. 81% of Canadians say Covid-19 is negatively affecting their mental health, and of note, a significant percentage of employees are considering changing careers despite having positive opinions of how their employer handled the pandemic.
With new information constantly being released, employers must continue to check in on their employees well-being to maintain a productive and healthy workforce.
The COVID-19 crisis can have an impact not only on our physical, but also our mental health. The current pandemic can cause anxiety ― a lot of false information is circulating, and a lot of unknown remains. Although we do not know all the answers, there is no need to panic. We can instead ensure that we respect preventive measures for social isolation and hygiene, so that we all do our part to protect the population.
Our public health and clinical teams have curated a list of reliable resources that can be helpful to you and your employees.
Novus Health’s Health Information Specialists have been trained to perform a mental health screening assessment for each COVID-19 call they receive, and can provide a list of available resources to those who need professional assistance.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (English): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health- CAMH (English): https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19
World Health Organisation – WHO (English) https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/coping-with-stress.pdf?sfvrsn=9845bc3a_2
World Health Organisation – WHO (English) https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/covid19-stigma-guide.pdf
HASU – Therapy from home (across Canada): https://www.hasuecounselling.ca/hasu-provider- network/
TIPS TO COPE WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY WHILE WORKING
Social distancing measures are the most effective to slow down the outbreak, and many companies now allow their staff to work from home, often for an indefinite period. This means employees may tend to have less social interaction, and maintaining good communication can be a challenge.
In this regard, here are some tips and advices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention you can share with your staff to help manage stress and anxiety in this particular situation of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html