CEO Middle East

HEALTH IS WEALTH

If your team member isn't feeling mentally great, it will have an impact on their productivi­ty and eventually trickle down and impact the business

- BY AAKANKSHA TANGRI, FOUNDER OF RE:SET

With the roll out of the vaccine and people heading back to the physical workspace, it can be a jarring experience to navigate a very different world and readjust to social interactio­ns and everyday life after being indoors for over a year.

It can trigger feelings of anxiety and concern for our well-being and those of our loved ones. Employers need to be cognizant of that and ensure considerat­ions are in place for their team in order to make the transition back to the workplace smoother. If your team member isn’t feeling mentally great, it will have an impact on their productivi­ty and eventually trickle down and impact the business. It’s imperative that steps are taken to better support team well-being.

Think about the bottom line: An involved team is “more profitable” and “teams who score in the top 20 percent in engagement realise a 41 percent reduction in absenteeis­m, and 59 percent less turnover.” Read on as Aakanksha Tangri, Founder of online resource platform Re:Set provides a few easy steps to help boost productivi­ty in the workplace whilst being mindful of employees’ mental health:

Telecommut­ing

Look into letting your team rotate schedules and work from home two days a week to ease them back into the workplace. Allowing them to do a gradual transition will help assuage their anxiety about reentering the world. It will also help in practising social distancing measures in the workplace and give you time to figure out what’s working and what doesn’t. Now is the time to embrace flexibilit­y.

Considerat­ion for parents

If you have parents working on your team, look at how you can better support them. This summer will be difficult for them as their children remain primarily indoors. Whether it’s letting them work remotely or being considerat­e of their family life with

appointmen­ts, accommodat­ing their needs will help improve their well-being and reduce stress levels. By reducing the challenges of juggling family with work during this time, it will boost their overall well-being and employees will be more productive as a result.

Continue WFH

If you can, look at whether your team has the option to continue working from home for the next few months. Allow employees to decide for themselves if they prefer to come into the office or continue to self-isolate, especially for those who are immunocomp­romised or just feel more comfortabl­e in a controlled environmen­t. By giving employees a choice in making a decision about their well-being, it will help curb any uneasy thoughts they may have about returning to work.

Social distancing and hygiene measures

One of the most effective ways to support employee well-being is to have adequate social distancing and hygiene measures in place in accordance with government guidelines. Ask the employees what measures would make them feel more comfortabl­e: whether it’s more hand sanitizers, making face masks and gloves available, regular testing, temperatur­e checks or reshufflin­g the office layout to practice social distancing. Knowing their concerns are being taken into account and steps made to address them will contribute towards their workplace well-being.

Employee wellness program

Look at implementi­ng a workplace wellness program to help in normalisin­g conversati­ons around mental health at work and aid employees in their well-being journey. The benefits of an employee wellness program are plenty including increased morale, better mental health, staff retention and company growth and culture. Mental health challenges have become amplified under Covid-19 and now is the time to address them collective­ly. Of course, there are also many online resources, such as Re:Set, that are there to support and offer solutions, education and words of encouragem­ent via community conversati­ons which you can direct your employees to for further support.

“MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES HAVE BECOME AMPLIFIED UNDER COVID-19 AND NOW IS THE TIME TO ADDRESS THEM.”

ALLOW EMPLOYEES TO DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES IF THEY PREFER TO COME INTO THE OFFICE OR CONTINUE TO SELF-ISOLATE.”

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Does your team need distance? A flexible working approach can support employee happiness.

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