At this time of uncertainty and change to our lives work can present many challenges. For example, managing working from home, being furloughed or being asked to go back to work can all be stressful. Addressing your concerns with your employer may help to improve your wellbeing.
Try to separate home and work time. Keep work equipment in a single area.
Be kind to yourself, especially if you are juggling many roles at the moment.
At this time many of us may experience worries about our ability to cope at work. Think about the 5 questions listed below. These can help you to develop a practical plan to improve your mental health at work – take your ideas to your manager, have an open and honest discussion about them, and agree a plan together.
1. Have an open door policy
Try to make yourself approachable and available for conversations about staff wellbeing. Developing an understanding culture gives the best possible opportunity to solve problems affecting people in your team.
2. Banish stigma
Try to be inclusive and proactive about staff wellbeing. Remember that people can often feel guilty or ashamed about asking for help.
3. Be positive
A positive approach to discussing mental health can create a pattern of hope and an expectation of understanding and empathy. This is especially important when someone is approaching you for the first time.
For more information about your employment rights and changes due to coronavirus (e.g sick pay, furloughing, support for the self-employed) please visit the Useful links page.
If you would like any help with employment concerns Healthy Minds has a team of Employment Advisors who can provide free, independent and effective help. Our Employment Advisors work closely with our clinicians, helping you with both your emotional and employment needs, click here for more information