Many of us worry about how coronavirus will affect us, our families and colleagues. As the pandemic unfolds, it has brought with it an entire new range of secondary fears which further fuel stress and anxiety. It’s a time when organisations need to adapt their well-being policies and strategies in order to tackle the feelings of loneliness and fear many employees are experiencing.
fear of loneliness
Other countries report that week 4+ proves to be mentally draining for those isolating at home alone. Many employees experienced feelings of discomfort and loneliness at this juncture, so now’s an opportunity for organisations to bolster their working from home and well-being initiatives to alleviate those fears.
This can range from social and support activities via video calls, online communal events, sharing mental health advice and having an Employee Assistance Programme in place.
It’s also important you encourage all employees to be supportive of each other and this starts with strong line management (so ensure your managers are well briefed and know exactly what is expected of them). Other solutions include remote buddying initiatives and setting up specific intranet communities in order to tailor content and communications to the audience (and the problems they face).
fear of losing jobs
Lack of job security and the fear of losing a job is a huge source of stress and anxiety for employees and workers. Whilst it’s almost impossible for organisations to make promises and bold statements at the moment, it is possible to have clear and transparent communications to keep teams well informed.
Ensure employees understand the impact of the virus on your organisation, using clear facts and figures, and showcase your Coronavirus strategy.
For those worried about losing their job, this will help offer some reassurance and help them focus their attention on the priorities and actions that will support your business. If you need to furlough employees, be clear that the emphasis is on job retention and communicate with them throughout the duration of their absence.
fear of not finding a new work life balance
With many working parents spinning childcare and work deadline plates, being able to find a new work life balance is a must. Organisations need to support working parents with kids in order for employees to find the right equilibrium. Many families will be happy to juggle work and play for a short period of time, but one month in, you need to work together to agree a sustainable and manageable work life solution.
fear of catching Coronavirus
With all your business and communication strategies, safety should always be your organisation’s number one priority. Employers have a duty of care to their workforce, whether they’re working on site or working from home. To alleviate the fear of catching Coronavirus, you need to ensure that there are processes in place to limit that risk. With some people’s thoughts on going back to work, you might also want to think about how you safely return to work.
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