At Firms Home, supporting the well being and wellbeing of our colleagues is an integral a part of our work.
This yr, Mental Health Awareness Week is operating from 18 to 22 Might. As at all times, we’ll be working onerous to lift consciousness and assist the marketing campaign. Nonetheless, our celebrations can be very totally different this yr as nearly all of colleagues are actually working from home because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
With this, there’s by no means been a extra poignant time to speak about psychological well being.
Our essential precedence is, and can proceed to be, ensuring our colleagues are secure and nicely. By defending the welfare of our colleagues, we have been in a position to preserve our important providers for patrons and adapt to fulfill the wants of the present scenario.
For a lot of colleagues, coming to work gives a vital construction. Sustaining a service for our clients helps to develop a way of non-public achievement, and there are additionally the social advantages of seeing colleagues and buddies.
We’ve at all times promoted the necessity for clear boundaries between work and residential, as a manner of creating certain we swap off and recharge. However over the previous couple of weeks these boundaries have change into blurred.
Like others internationally, we now steadiness the day job with dwelling education, caring obligations and emotions of isolation, amongst many different challenges that the present scenario has introduced for our psychological well being and wellbeing.
We all know we want clear strains of accessible assist, we have to work as flexibly as potential, be resilient and discover new methods to remain related.
Neighborhood teams and networks
Firms Home has a lot of assist networks, together with our Mental Health Advocates (MHA), our Carers Community and the lately fashioned Firms Home Bereavement Community.
These teams are run by volunteers who’re keen about supporting colleagues, offering respected info and signposting to different assist providers out there.
Understandably, our networks have seen their profiles raised in current weeks. Previous to the coronavirus outbreak, 25% of colleagues had caring obligations. These colleagues are actually reaching out to many others who, because of the present circumstances, have discovered themselves with caring obligations for the primary time.
Our Bereavement Community got here collectively previous to the outbreak, recognising that round one in ten individuals are affected by bereavement at anyone time inside an organisation. For that reason, a secure house has been created for colleagues to share their experiences, assist one another, and to pay attention and chat to others about totally different coping methods. Above all, it’s a spot the place individuals know they’re not alone.
Virtually all of us have needed to adapt and alter the way in which we work. We’ve embraced new know-how by utilizing a lot of communication channels the place colleagues can join, share concepts and experiences whereas providing ethical assist and a pleasant ear.
These channels have additionally helped us to work rapidly to offer options for patrons who is perhaps struggling to fulfil their obligations throughout this time.
Our Curious Espresso app permits customers to enroll and match with colleagues from totally different departments, who can then prepare a digital espresso and a chat. It’s been an effective way to broaden networks and proceed to construct our sense of inclusivity and group.
For those who’re curious about implementing Curious Espresso in your personal organisation, be happy to make use of the Curious Coffee code.
Nonetheless, maybe essentially the most highly effective messages have come from colleagues sharing their private tales. This has reminded us that though it’s usually not simple to speak, it’s step one to creating a distinction. There’s at all times somebody able to pay attention.
Learn a personal story from our colleague Tom in regards to the energy of talking up.
We’re persevering with to do all we are able to to keep up the essential services that companies throughout the UK depend on. And as at all times, we’ll assist and be there for each other each step of the way in which.
For those who’re involved about your self or a cherished one or want additional assist, the NHS website has an inventory of assist teams and helplines. The Every Mind Matters marketing campaign can also be providing skilled recommendation and sensible ideas that can assist you take care of your psychological well being and wellbeing.