It has been an exceptionally difficult time for businesses and the boundaries between work and personal have began to blur.
Covid-19 has changed everybody's life in one way or another and importantly, it has created an environment which requires a different approach to work.
Companies, like charities, are struggling in the current climate and whilst we're all personally affected in a variety of ways, our work is too. Teams are working from home, half the population has been furloughed and redundancy is on the cards in many businesses. People's homes have become their offices, which intrinsically links their personal life to their work. Like the companies they work for, employees have had to adapt to an increasingly difficult and unstable environment, which has in some cases had a devastating personal toll.
- 20 million people have had their work affected
- 1 in 5 are finding working from home difficult
- 37% said their wellbeing has been affected
- 49% reported an increase in anxiety
- 1 in 5 say their relationships have been affected
- There is a significant impact on people’s relationships in and with work
To read more about why and how this is affecting employees and the companies they work for, read our latest blog on this here.
What can you do?
If you want to improve your teams' wellbeing and support the sustainability of your business, we can help.
Whilst there is much we still do not know about Covid-19, the research suggests that the impact on people’s mental wellbeing, personal lives and relationships with work will be with us for a long time. As we have nearly 40 years' experience working with people of all ages, in all situations who are struggling with their mental wellbeing and work related stress, we have a solid understanding of complex issues that employers are often faced with, but are unsure how to manage.
By offering Counselling for your team, employees have a safe and non-judgemental space to talk about any issues they are facing and help them to think about ways to approach them.
This can be offered to just your employees, or some businesses choose to include couples counselling in this. The support will be offered remotely either over the phone or video, depending on what the person is most comfortable with.
It was helpful to talk to somebody about the issues I was facing, who had the skills to help. I think this service is fundamental for people, especially if they can't afford it themselves
What can you help with?
People may need support for a variety of reasons. Based on the current circumstances, there are some common themes that we are finding in relation to work currently:
- Furloughed staff feeling isolated from their roles and teams, or feeling anxious about returning to work
- Staff members who are going through the redundancy process, or those who are anxious about potential redundancy
- Pressures on senior members of staff, or staff who have had to take on additional responsibilities
- General adjustments to work life balance when working from home
- People going through separations with partners or families during Covid-19
- Pressures on those who have caring responsibilities for sick or elderly relatives
- Death, loss or grief due to, or during Covid-19
- Supporting staff who are struggling to adapt to new ways of working or connect to those around them
- General increases in anxiety and isolation and decreases in mental wellbeing
Have any questions or want to discuss further?
We'd be happy to hear from you, even if you'd like an informal chat about the issues your business is currently facing.