Watch the webinar recording below:
- Welcome Message: 00:00 - 01:34
- Introduction to Panellists: 01:34 - 03:32
- How Covid-19 is affecting wellbeing in the workplace: 03:32 - 13:48
- The 3 aspects of managing wellbeing: 13:48 - 23:43
- New pressures facing H&S professionals: 23:43 - 30:00
- How H&S professionals can cope with new pressures: 30:00 - 31:00
- Restarting work protocol: 31:00 - 37:45
- Tips for safety teams to adapt to the current environment: 37:45 - 48:04
Q&A Session: 48:04 - 55:15
Top 4 Webinar Takeaways
1. Learn to recognise your greatest stress drivers
According to the Panel, uncertainty has been one of the biggest stress drivers for employees over the last number of months. People have had to adapt to new situations during the height of the pandemic; for example working from home, being furloughed or being made unemployed.
This has led to an unprecedented level of uncertainty regarding finances, health and employment. Return to work can represent a new array of potential stresses for employee. Living with constant stress is extremely harmful to health, and letting it go unaddressed can result in employee burnout.
Employee wellbeing programs should work toward creating a culture in which people can thrive regardless of circumstances.
2. Assess and re-assess you policies and procedures
According to our Panel, it’s imperative that businesses review and update their policies and procedures regarding return to work and Covid-19.
This starts by making sure that you have the correct policies and procedures in place. This can range from the seemingly minor – making sure that the cleaning products you are using contain the appropriate volume of bleach, to the major - reviewing your risk assessments in light of further outbreaks.
The key concern for businesses is maintaining work as it stands, and this can be done by keeping employees safe and well.
3.Take the opportunity to learn from the past few months
The last number of months have been an exercise in trial and error for virtually all organisations. Its unlikely that anyone has gotten things 100% correct.
These experiences don’t have to go to waste. You can use return to work as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and inform future measures.
It can be a good idea to get input from all sectors of an organisation if things go wrong. When reviewing your business continuity plan from March, don’t be afraid to analyse what didn’t work to improve things going forward.
4. Make your wellbeing initiatives mean something
Wellbeing initiatives traditionally evoke images of workplace yoga and social events. The pandemic has put pause to most of this, so many people are now looking for alternative wellbeing programs for a socially distanced world.
According to the Panel, the most important thing is to speak to your employees about what would improve their lives. Programs like those listed above may not be of much use to people facing significant financial stress, or childcare pressures, or isolation due to working from home.
It's important that managers sit down with their employees individually to identify areas of concern, and then work together to find meaningful ways of improving their wellbeing.