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10 practical ways to support employees’ mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

Coronavirus has taken a significant toll on people’s wellbeing. It seems that each week, new statistics are emerging that highlight the extent of the nation’s ‘mental health crisis’.  With work a major cause of stress – particularly now, with the upheaval and uncertainty caused by the pandemic – employers are naturally concerned about the strain all of this is having on their staff, and keen to find ways to support them until some semblance of normality returns.

Last week Ellis Whittam, BHETAS’s employment law, HR and health & safety experts held a webinar discussing the 10 Ways to Employee Wellbeing.  Their Head of People Engagement, Sue Wilcock, and HR Consultancy Manager, Adele Blinkhorn discussed:

  • How to address wellbeing issues early on to avoid employee relations problems;
  • Why managers are best placed to notice changes in employee’s behaviour or demeanour;
  • How to create connections so that people don’t feel alone and isolated whilst working from home;
  • Getting people back into the work environment and creating your ‘new norm’;
  • How to keep employees active and their brains engaged whilst homeworking; and
  • What EW has learned and put into practice in terms of its own employees’ wellbeing?

If you missed it, or would like to share with a colleague, you can now watch the full session on demand here.

With the Centre for Mental Health reporting that nearly one-fifth of the population will need mental health support as a direct consequence of COVID-19, and leading psychiatrists warning that the UK is at the beginning of a mental health crisis, wellbeing is amongst the toughest challenges facing employers right now.

There are further FREE downloadable resources available from Ellis Whittam. Click the button below.

Go to the “Watch on-demand” section:

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing Poster
  • 6 Month Wellbeing Calendar

Go to the “Related resources” section:

  • Reasonable Adjustments Action Plan
  • Wellness Recovery Plan
  • Question Techniques Guide
  • Useful Contacts

wellbeing resources

Ellis Whitham also can provide chargeable courses mentioned in the webinar:

Absence Management

Courageous Conversations

Discipline & Grievance


Equality & Diversity

Manager Essentials

Mental Health Awareness

Performance Management

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