There is no denying the fact that the pandemic has significantly affected the mental health of Americans. The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor revealed in March 2021 that 47% of the adults are experiencing negative mental hath impacts due to the pandemic aftermaths.
The sudden work transition, deteriorating health condition, and the long-prevailing uncertainty managed to bring even the healthiest and positive people to negative turmoil.
Employees, especially, had to go through a lot as a result of the pandemic. While many employees faced being furloughed, job losses, and dealt with insecurity regarding their employment, many of them were not able to accept the work transition that happened after the country-wide lockdowns.
The introduction of work from home lifestyle didn’t bring convenience for many employees. Those working from home also had to take care of their children or had to work in houses with limited privacy after the pandemic.
This transition caused an obvious clash between work-life and home life.
However, employers who have been invested in their people and the work culture managed to introduce new rules and workings way to cope with the ongoing stress.
Moreover, as we are heading to the better and brighter days with the growing vaccination rate in the country it is time to look forward to bringing change for the employees struggling with mental health issues.
Employers that have as yet not reflected on what initiatives to pull up and which policies to introduce for the betterment of employees and culture can take help from this blog.
The following are some of the suggestions to keep employees’ mental health in perspective in a post-COVID world.
Accept That No Two Situations or Schedules Are the Same
After the pandemic, a majority of employees started working from home. And even now as the cases of virus-infected people are dropping the overall attitude of employees is to continue working from home, temporarily, if not permanently.
This is because after the pandemic when employees realized that remote working is here to stay they managed to switch things up a bit in the home for effective remote working.
For instance, many employees switched to better TV internet bundles to have better tools while working from home.
After physically and mentally investing in the new work culture, it is hard for the employees to head back to their office as if nothing happened. In such time it is important for the organization to introduce a hybrid work module to understand that no two situations or schedules are the same thing.
Sometimes a good bunch of employees will show up to the office because they crave social interaction, but sometimes all of them would be sitting and working from their home to not let go of the comfort provided.
Therefore, instead of stressing over the situation, employers should focus on creating ways for productive work regardless of the geographical location of the employees.
Putting the traditional top-down leadership aside, because the time we live in is all about being a conventional leader in 2021.
A feedback culture is not part of the traditional work set up but it has started emerging as the need of the hour for the modern working style.
A feedback culture not only encourages employees to share their complaints and concerns regardless of their seniority level but it also limits the space for manager biases.
The continuous feedback model ensures that the ongoing issues are addressed in an immediate solution and is put forward to deal with.
To make this culture reality is important for the leaders to walk the talk. By practicing their own direct reports and remain accessible to the employees the leaders can encourage the feedback culture in the company.
Employees perform their best when they know that they are doing something meaningful and something that would make a difference.
Ensuring your employee that the work or project assigned to them is part of the much bigger good can bring a more enthusiastic approach from them.
The key is to make employees realize how their efforts, their time, and everything that they are doing is making a difference for the company.
Mental Health Advocate
Feeling important and part of the company can encourage employees into performing their best and also have a positive impact on their mental health.