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 Could. As at all times, we’ll be working onerous to lift consciousness and help the marketing campaign. Nonetheless, our celebrations might 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 predominant precedence is, and can proceed to be, ensuring our colleagues are protected and properly. By defending the welfare of our colleagues, we have been capable of keep our important providers for patrons and adapt to fulfill the wants of the present scenario.
For a lot of colleagues, coming to work offers an important construction. Sustaining a service for our prospects helps to develop a way of non-public 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 constructing positive we swap off and recharge. However over the previous couple of weeks these boundaries have change 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 scenario 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 doable, 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 obtainable.
Understandably, our networks have seen their profiles raised in latest weeks. Previous to the coronavirus outbreak, 25% of colleagues had caring duties. These colleagues are actually reaching out to many others who, because of the 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 persons are affected by bereavement at anyone time inside an organisation. For that reason, a protected area has been created for colleagues to share their experiences, help 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.
Nearly all of us have needed to adapt and alter the way in which we work. We’ve embraced new expertise by utilizing 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 shortly to supply options for patrons who is perhaps 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 a good way to broaden networks and proceed to construct our sense of inclusivity and group.
When you’re all for 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 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 help and be there for each other each step of the way in which.
When you’re involved about your self or a liked one or want additional help, the NHS website has a listing of help teams and helplines. The Every Mind Matters marketing campaign can also be providing skilled recommendation and sensible suggestions that can assist you take care of your psychological well being and wellbeing.