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 working from 18 to 22 Might. As all the time, we’ll be working exhausting to boost consciousness and assist the marketing campaign. Nonetheless, our celebrations shall be very totally different this yr as nearly all of colleagues at the moment are working from home as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
With this, there’s by no means been a extra poignant time to speak about psychological well being.
Our predominant precedence is, and can proceed to be, ensuring our colleagues are protected and effectively. By defending the welfare of our colleagues, we have been in a position to preserve our very important companies for patrons and adapt to fulfill the wants of the present state of affairs.
For a lot of colleagues, coming to work supplies a necessary construction. Sustaining a service for our prospects helps to develop a way of private achievement, and there are additionally the social advantages of seeing colleagues and mates.
We’ve all the time promoted the necessity for clear boundaries between work and residential, as a means of constructing positive we change off and recharge. However over the previous couple of weeks these boundaries have develop into blurred.
Like others the world over, we now stability the day job with dwelling education, caring duties and emotions of isolation, amongst many different challenges that the present state of affairs has offered for our psychological well being and wellbeing.
We all know we want clear traces of accessible assist, we have to work as flexibly as doable, be resilient and discover new methods to remain linked.
Group teams and networks
Firms Home has numerous assist networks, together with our Mental Health Advocates (MHA), our Carers Community and the lately shaped Firms Home Bereavement Community.
These teams are run by volunteers who’re obsessed with supporting colleagues, offering respected info and signposting to different assist companies obtainable.
Understandably, our networks have seen their profiles raised in current weeks. Previous to the coronavirus outbreak, 25% of colleagues had caring duties. These colleagues at the moment are reaching out to many others who, as a result of present circumstances, have discovered themselves with caring duties 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. Because of this, a protected house has been created for colleagues to share their experiences, assist one another, and to hear and chat to others about totally different coping methods. Above all, it’s a spot the place folks know they’re not alone.
Nearly all of us have needed to adapt and alter the best way we work. We’ve embraced new know-how by utilizing numerous 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 shortly to offer options for patrons who could be struggling to fulfil their duties 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 neighborhood.
In the event you’re fascinated about implementing Curious Espresso in your individual organisation, be at liberty 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 typically not straightforward to speak, it’s step one to creating a distinction. There’s all the time somebody able to hear.
Learn a personal story from our colleague Tom concerning 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 all the time, we’ll assist and be there for each other each step of the best way.
In the event you’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 be providing professional recommendation and sensible suggestions that can assist you take care of your psychological well being and wellbeing.