Fridays Food for Thought - Homeworkers and their mental wellbeing

With Mental Health Awareness Day upon us tomorrow, I wanted to refect on some of the topics of discussion at Quest HQ over the last couple of weeks as we champion the challenge of taking care of homeworkers.

It was great to be joined by Paula Dixon of Hazon Consulting on our Ask the Expert session where we focussed on some great tips and techniques for business leaders to engage and care for their homeworkers. As a Business Psychologist, Paula shared some great insights on Mindset, concentration, self-care and maintaining social connections. You can check out our video of this session to hear more.

With the u turn taken by the Government over recent weeks, after encourage office workers to return to now encouraging them to work at home again, this isn't a working arrangement that is changing any time soon. For some businesses working from home has created a new way of working that is embraced, and may have saved substantial costs while giving greater flexibility. For others the lack of contact, conversation and interaction with work colleagues can prove challenging and isolating and so people who may have never previously suffered with their mental health are finding this is a struggle.

We have spent the last 2 weeks helping businesses make their homeworking arrangements more permanent by ensuring risk assessments are  conducted, homeworking policies are in place and they are considering how to get the best from their team in keeping them connected both socially and professionally at work. For some this is considering a blended way of working between home and office and for others a permanent move to working at home. This is just the start of helping our clients build stronger teams, next comes helping with how performance is managed, how to maintain and not lose the culture and how to attract new talent to a different way of working.

With the rumors of a new 3 tier lockdown system coming into force, this may well again throw new challenges on businesses that may have workers potentially unable to attend work whilst other colleagues may be able to continue. I do feel confident that the foundations we have put in place for our clients will help weather any future 'storms' as we see what else living with Covid may throw at us.

 

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