This is a time of increased pressure and stress for all New Zealanders. We all have a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and that means we are being asked to make major changes in our lives. This is affecting how we work, how we relate, and what we can or can’t do.
We need to prioritise mental wellbeing so we can manage our lives over the next few weeks, make good decisions, manage additional stress and distress and prepare ourselves for what’s to come. This guide is designed to help you to promote a supportive environment for your employees throughout this trying time.
As a starting point, it’s good to think about the common causes of stress among employees:
It’s good to assess the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health. From there, the aim is to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors.
For guidance and tips around how to do this, the Mental Health Foundation have put together a workplace wellbeing resource that takes you through how you can talk about work and COVID-19 with staff; effectively communicate; reduce and minimise stress; and how to care for yourself and your employees who may or may not be distressed.
They’ve also put together these wellbeing tips for those who are working tirelessly to keep our healthcare system ticking over. To all the frontline healthcare workers out there - thank you for your manaakitanga, kindness, and bravery during this time.
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