The post Covid-19 workplace – Coping with the new normal (part 2)
PART 2 Mental Health
Mental health issues can be triggered (or worsened) by the COVID-19 pandemic, as we know. Whether working remotely, or back in the workplace, employees need to feel psychologically safe and healthy. Here are a few ways employers can help their employees:
- Listen to your employees’ concerns and advise of measures taken to protect them.
- Give employees time to adjust and offer them more control of their work, where possible.
- Remind employees about their EFAP service.
- Offer regular team meetings; enabling employees to share challenges and offer support.
- Provide employees with additional support around identifying fellow-employees who are struggling.
- Offer your employees plenty of praise and recognition for their efforts.
New resources relating to protecting your mental health during COVID-19 are continually being developed, with links provided below (and will update regularly as new resources become available):
- For guidance on leave related to the pandemic, contact your organization’s human resources team or consult Information for Government of Canada Employees: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Road to Mental Readiness poster (PDF) contains general information on signs indicators, and actions to take
- For additional guidance on leave for reasons related to illness, injury or disability, please consult Disability management in the federal public service
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health
- Workplace solutions
- Managing Mental Health Matters Leader Guide (PDF)
- Responding to issues
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)
- Telework and Home Office Health and Safety Guide
- Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Mental Health First Aid Guide for Managers
- Tips on talking to someone in crisis during COVID-19
Jocelyn Herrett, DSW, RSW
Senior Mental Health Clinician