So far, 2020 has created uncertainty and stress that has deeply affected individuals, communities, and businesses. The need to attend to the mental well-being of your staff or volunteers has become an urgent priority.
People are worried about so many things, and they bring that worry and stress to your organization or company – even if they are working from home! Yet, addressing things like family stress, dependency, disconnection and loneliness, financial struggles and more can be tricky in a professional setting.
Some show their overwhelm, and others suppress it. Some feel "OK enough," and push through the uncertainty surrounding them.
We will explore the best ways to respond to your team's current state of mind and discuss ways to get ahead of the potential impact of the inevitable stress as the pandemic continues.
Information provided will be helpful to both small and large businesses.
• Consideration of shifting needs as the ongoing pandemic proceeds through different phases.
• Assessment of the leader's comfort with addressing mental health in the workplace – finding an authentic approach that fits you.
• Exploration of communication skills that will help reduce staff anxiety.
• Strategies for overcoming a sense of being "drained" so you and your staff can feel better and more engaged in your work.
• Practical ideas to create a healthy work environment.
• Suggestions for policies and procedures that will help cope with ongoing stress and uncertainty in your workplace.
Heather Cook, MPH, MA, LPC is a scientist, integrative systems thinker, and a navigator of the individual and collective human experience. Combining her unique background in Laboratory Science, Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Psychology, she fuses the art and science of exploration, discovery, and practical application. Her consulting company, HECO Consulting, is a member of the Superior Chamber.