This is a time of increased pressure and stress for all New Zealanders.
We need to prioritise mental wellbeing so we can manage make good decisions, manage additional stress and distress and prepare ourselves for what’s to come. This guide is designed to help you to promote a supportive environment for your employees throughout this trying time.
As a starting point, it’s good to think about the common causes of stress among employees:
- Finances – will I get paid? Is my job secure?
- Can I feed my family?
- Work and home conflict.
- Can I cope?
- Loss of extended supports.
- Feelings around coming back to work and redefining connections to various communities including work.
It’s good to assess the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health. From there, the aim is to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors.
For guidance and tips around how to do this, we take you through how you can talk about work and COVID-19 with staff; effectively communicate; reduce and minimise stress; and how to care for yourself and your employees who may or may not be distressed.
For all this and more, check out our latest resource!