The COVID-19 outbreak is stressing out all of us.
It’s a scary, uncertain time for your employees – and as an employer you’re likely feeling the weight of responsibility to take care of your team and protect your organization. All that while trying to manage your own stress and anxiety.
What can you do as an employer to bring calm to your workplace and help your company’s most valuable assets get through this tough time?
According to this CDC article, taking care of yourself and others can help you cope with stress and also make your community stronger.
Things you and your team can do to take care of your emotional health during this stressful time:
- Reduce news exposure. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Repeatedly hearing updates about the pandemic can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Eat well-balanced meals, exercise, meditate and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Take breaks. Reserve time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.
- Connect with people who you trust. Share your concerns and feelings by phone or video chat with a family member or friend. Continue to maintain healthy relationships.
Things you can do as an employer to help reduce stress for your employees: communicate frequently, provide information on what COVID-19 is, listen and empathize, and remind your employees about available benefits that could help them.
If your organization offers an employee assistance program with free counseling sessions, remind your employees of this benefit. These confidential sessions could really be helpful during this time to help employees reduce fears about the virus.
In addition, if your plan offers a telehealth program, remind employees that they can use this benefit from home instead of going to the doctor’s office.
Share this World Health Organization resource with your employees to help them cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more information on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, check out the Apex COVID-19 resource page here.