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 onerous to boost consciousness and help the marketing campaign. Nonetheless, our celebrations shall be very completely different this yr as the vast majority 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 primary 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 important providers for purchasers and adapt to satisfy the wants of the present state of affairs.
For a lot of colleagues, coming to work gives 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 buddies.
We’ve all the time promoted the necessity for clear boundaries between work and residential, as a approach of constructing certain we swap off and recharge. However over the previous couple of weeks these boundaries have grow to be blurred.
Like others the world over, we now steadiness the day job with house education, caring tasks and emotions of isolation, amongst many different challenges that the present state of affairs has introduced for our psychological well being and wellbeing.
We all know we want clear strains of obtainable help, we have to work as flexibly as attainable, be resilient and discover new methods to remain related.
Neighborhood teams and networks
Firms Home has numerous help 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 enthusiastic about supporting colleagues, offering respected info and signposting to different help providers out there.
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, help one another, and to hear and chat to others about completely 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 best way we work. We’ve embraced new expertise through the use of numerous communication channels the place colleagues can join, share concepts and experiences whereas providing ethical help and a pleasant ear.
These channels have additionally helped us to work rapidly to offer 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 organize 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.
In the event you’re excited by implementing Curious Espresso in your individual organisation, be happy to make use of the Curious Coffee code.
Nonetheless, maybe probably 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 take care of the essential services that companies throughout the UK depend on. And as all the time, we’ll help and be there for each other each step of the best way.
In the event you’re involved about your self or a liked one or want additional help, the NHS website has an inventory of help 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.