At Firms Home, supporting the well being and wellbeing of our colleagues is an integral a part of our work.
This 12 months, Mental Health Awareness Week is operating from 18 to 22 Could. As at all times, we’ll be working exhausting to boost consciousness and assist the marketing campaign. Nevertheless, our celebrations will probably be very completely different this 12 months 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 essential precedence is, and can proceed to be, ensuring our colleagues are protected and nicely. By defending the welfare of our colleagues, we have been in a position to keep our very important providers for purchasers and adapt to fulfill the wants of the present scenario.
For a lot of colleagues, coming to work supplies a vital 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 pals.
We’ve at all times promoted the necessity for clear boundaries between work and residential, as a manner of creating certain we change off and recharge. However over the previous few weeks these boundaries have grow to be blurred.
Like others internationally, we now steadiness the day job with residence education, caring tasks and emotions of isolation, amongst many different challenges that the present scenario 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 potential, be resilient and discover new methods to remain linked.
Neighborhood teams and networks
Firms Home has various assist networks, together with our Mental Health Advocates (MHA), our Carers Community and the not too long ago shaped Firms Home Bereavement Community.
These teams are run by volunteers who’re enthusiastic about supporting colleagues, offering respected info and signposting to different assist providers accessible.
Understandably, our networks have seen their profiles raised in latest weeks. Previous to the coronavirus outbreak, 25% of colleagues had caring tasks. These colleagues at the moment are reaching out to many others who, as a result of present circumstances, have discovered themselves with caring tasks 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 anybody time inside an organisation. For that reason, a protected house has been created for colleagues to share their experiences, assist one another, and to pay attention and chat to others about completely different coping methods. Above all, it’s a spot the place folks 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 through the use of various 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 supply options for purchasers who could be struggling to fulfil their tasks throughout this time.
Our Curious Espresso app permits customers to enroll and match with colleagues from completely different departments, who can then prepare a digital espresso and a chat. It’s been a good way to broaden networks and proceed to construct our sense of inclusivity and group.
For those who’re concerned about implementing Curious Espresso in your individual organisation, be at liberty to make use of the Curious Coffee code.
Nevertheless, maybe probably 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 concerning the energy of talking up.
We’re persevering with to do all we will 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 beloved one or want additional assist, the NHS website has a listing of assist teams and helplines. The Every Mind Matters marketing campaign can also be providing knowledgeable recommendation and sensible suggestions that can assist you take care of your psychological well being and wellbeing.