7 ways to support employee mental well-being post-COVID
We may have made it through the global pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it’s business as usual for everyone. Many have lost loved ones or at the very least carry the mental scars of months of anxiety and isolation.
It has become clear as COVID has worn on that we are never going to return to the old normal – not surprising as pandemics have historically led to societal shifts. In the case of COVID-19, this looks set to be the end of the universal office-based nine-to-five workday, as many are choosing to continue working from home at least part-time or requesting flexible working hours, something that a number of employers have equally embraced.
Priorities have changed in the workplace, but lingering challenges remain, such as the UK’s cost-of-living crisis, leaving many worried about how they’ll be able to pay their bills month to month.
It’s no wonder that mental health was the leading cause of sick leave in the UK in 2021.
Although little good came out of the pandemic, one ray of light was the way in which it opened the door to more conversations about mental health. Looking after the mental well-being of staff became a management priority throughout the pandemic and appears set to continue.
As workforces navigate and experiment with various options and solutions, what can you do to support employee mental health going forward?