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Mental health

Sarah McCarthyEditor's message: In the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, supporting employees with their mental health has never been more important. Employees may be feeling anxious about their physical health and that of their families, their job security and, if working from home, they may also be experiencing feelings of isolation.

Organisations can help to boost employees’ mental health and wellbeing by encouraging them to talk to colleagues over the phone, or hold online meetings to see others face to face; to take a proper lunch break and get some fresh air outside (if possible with social distancing restrictions); and to seek advice from employee assistance programmes where available.

Employers should be proactive in monitoring the mental wellbeing of their employees and it is important that they understand the issues surrounding mental ill health and encourage disclosure in a sensitive way. Line managers play a key role in supporting employees who have a mental health condition and the employer should make sure that they provide comprehensive guidance and training for managers on how to do this confidently and effectively.

Having a policy or strategy to manage mental health in the workplace underlines an organisation’s commitment to promoting positive mental health and dealing with issues in a supportive way. It can also help to reduce the level of stigma surrounding mental ill health at work.

Sarah Byrne, HR practice editor

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  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Policy on supporting employees affected by miscarriage or stillbirth

    A model HR policy to outline the support available for employees who have had, or whose partner has had, a miscarriage or stillbirth.

  • Type:
    Line manager briefings

    Looking after your team's mental health

    Enhanced with the addition of a PowerPoint presentation for training purposes.

  • Date:
    12 February 2021
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Lockdown sees employees working harder than normal

    More than half of UK employees say they they have been expected to work outside of regular working hours during lockdown, contributing to many people reporting some negative effects of burnout since home working began.

  • Date:
    4 February 2021
    Type:
    News

    Acas: Mental health "enlightenment" a pandemic silver lining

    To coincide with Time to Talk Day, Acas has published a policy paper showcasing how three organisations are building employee resilience and responding proactively to wellbeing challenges. Adrian Wakeling looks at some of the key takeaways.

  • Date:
    22 January 2021
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Five ways to prevent staff burnout during lockdown

    Leaders can learn a lot about helping employees in times of stress by looking at how individuals approach problems. Using Kirton's Adaption-Innovation Theory, Dr Megan Seibel looks at five ways burnout can be prevented.

  • Date:
    18 January 2021
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    January blues? How to help employees speak up

    Blue Monday might be a myth, but that doesn't mean employees' mental wellbeing should go off the radar, particularly with the pandemic challenges organisations continue to face.

  • Date:
    30 November 2020
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Building HR resilience during the coronavirus

    HR has been on the frontline of organisational response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, meeting every challenge thrown its way. But there is concern among the HR community that the pressure being placed on them is putting their own health and wellbeing at risk. Graham Brown looks at how HR professionals can build their resilience levels during the current crisis.

  • Date:
    10 November 2020
    Type:
    Podcasts and webinars

    Podcast: Building HR resilience

    Sarah-Jane Georges and Allen Liedkie from drama-based behaviour change company Steps join us to discuss the best ways to develop behaviours to build resilience within HR during ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Date:
    28 September 2020
    Type:
    Podcasts and webinars

    Podcast: How to encourage mental health wellbeing among employees

    Richard Martin, from the employment relations and HR training provider byrne-dean, joins us to discuss managing mental health wellbeing.

  • Date:
    31 July 2020
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Supporting neurodivergent staff in the post-lockdown workplace

    Matthew Trerise and Angela Armstrong discuss the challenges neurodivergent people may experience when returning to the workplace post-lockdown, with practical tips on reintegrating employees.