As a business, now, more than ever, communicating your short-term and long-term plans, whether they have consequences related to your employees or not, is important in setting the tone for what’s to come. It also reminds them that despite all that is going on, they are your priority.
The COVID-19 crisis is as much about mental health as it is about physical well-being because it impacts your employees’ professional lives and their personal lives. They are now learning how to stay engaged while remote working, adapt to social distancing and for those employees with children, facilitate distance learning – all while juggling the anxieties of navigating the health and economic implications of a global pandemic.
What do you do? Listen to your employees. Understand their individual challenges. Help them find solutions. And be flexible when solutions require creative problem solving.
Moore has been recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a psychologically healthy workplace and we know firsthand the effects of strong mental health support for overall employee health and wellness (while also enhancing performance and productivity).
When it comes to developing a healthy workplace, it is important to note that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. The APA explains that success is based, in part, on addressing the challenges unique to your particular organization and tailoring programs and policies to meet your needs.
COVID-19 has impacted nearly every Moore client in some way. Our team has risen to the challenge of leading crisis communications strategies in addition to the momentum of existing client work. Recognizing the magnitude of our team's current roles, mental health is in the forefront of what we, as a business, are prioritizing right now. For this reason, we have decided to provide all employees additional paid time off in the form of mental health days, effective immediately. This will allow our team to decompress, help alleviate some of the pressure and provide mental downtime needed to come back reinvigorated.