With the spread of COVID-19, many employees across Canada have been asked to work from home and practice social distancing. Employers and employees will need to work together to protect the health of employees and clients, and to keep the workplace delivering its essential services.
We know that credit unions in Canada often rely on in-person interactions with co-workers and members, so this shift to working from home can be challenging for many. To help Canadian credit unions smoothly transition to a new work style, Celero has created a three-part blog series on considerations for remote working practices.
As part three in our blog series, we are sharing some of the mental health considerations we focus on with our employees, and some resources, to share with Canadian credit unions.
Mental health considerations for employees
Meaningful social connections help protect our mental health. But how do you help employees maintain social connection at a time when public health authorities call for “social distancing” to stop the spread of illness? Under these challenging circumstances, it is perfectly normal if employees are feeling angry, anxious, lonely, sad or worried.
It is important to acknowledge these feelings and the disruptions caused by COVID-19 to our personal and working lives. By encouraging your employees to engage in an open dialogue about our emotional well-being with family members, friends and colleagues, it can help to improve and maintain mental health in uncertain times. Below are some tips from the Government of Canada to help address isolation and loneliness some employees may experience while working from home.
Set a schedule
Humans are creatures of habit and routine helps us physically and mentally prepare for our day.
Make time for self-care
Stress is a fact of daily life and is the result of both the good and bad things that happen. Too much stress can cause serious health concerns, but there are many ways of dealing with stress that can reduce your risk.
Symptoms of stress:
Coping with stress
Everyone is different so there is not a single way to cope with stress. However, there are a number of approaches you can share with your employees to deal with short and long term stress.
There are techniques that employees can use to prevent stress from building up again, including:
Please reach out to your Celero Account Executive or chat with us on social media, if Celero can do anything to help your credit union through these uncertain times.
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