Taking care of yourself: Tips for employers and employees
In a recent poll by employee assistance provider, ComPsych, 46% of employees feel a generalized sense of anxiety much of the time due to COVID-19.1 As small businesses wait to reopen – or slowly reopen within their state’s guidelines – employers can expect their employees to continue to feel stressed. If they’re still working from home or furloughed, they may be feeling isolated. If they are getting back to work amid social distancing rules and regulations, they may feel afraid of a resurgence of cases or catching it themselves.
Either way, they could use some extra support. Here are a few tips you can pass along:
- Make sure you check in with your employees regularly, using video chat whenever possible if your employees are at home. Seeing our coworkers (who are often our friends) faces can help our social wellness.
- Meet as a group too – virtually if necessary. While it’s not the same as getting your staff together, a video chat can help those feeling isolated feel like they are part of the group.
- If your business is opening up again, and you’re able to get together in person, make sure to abide by all federal and state guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing, to help everyone feel safer.
Commit to a routine.
- A routine can be a comfort to many. So, whether working from home or back in the office, stick to your regular schedule – keep your normal staff meeting and have employees join in person or at home, and try to work within regular business hours only.
- Get up at the same time each day and go to bed as usual. Getting enough sleep can help keep stress in its place – out of your head.
- Build physical activity into your daily routine, regardless of whether you’re working from home or away from home.
- Take breaks from work to walk or jog up and down the stairs, stretch or do yoga or simple calisthenics like jumping jacks.
Get some sun and fresh air.
- Sunlight, fresh air, and nature are all vital to our mental health and well-being, and can improve our mood, reduce stress and ease tension, so find some time to get outside during the day.
- If you can’t go outside, take a coffee break and find a comfortable space by a window where you can see trees, animals or the sky. Open the window if you can, to let the fresh air inside.
Use your Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
This is what an EAP is for – helping you and your employees through stressful situations. Highly trained clinicians will listen to your concerns and help you, your employees and/or their family members with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, and relationships. They can help you find work-life solutions, provide referrals for legal guidance, and point you to financial experts who can help assist with retirement planning, debt, and identity theft management.
For ComPsych resources you can use now, click here.