Monitor mental health remotely as lockdown starts to ease
A recent study of public attitudes across Europe, America, and Asia has found that people in the UK have the highest overall levels of concern about coronavirus – more than Italy or Spain.
The latest announcement from the Prime Minister may add to the perceived levels of uncertainty.
Anxiety when the lockdown is lifted
Moving forward, those who are fortunate to be working from home, despite having some form of routine, are fearful of what will happen when the lockdown measures are lifted.
Over a third of employees working remotely feel as it has had a negative impact on their mental health. 46 percent feel isolated working at home, as well as 36 percent stating they are worried about the long-term impacts of working at home for a prolonged period.
Dr. Antonis Kousoulis, the Mental Health Foundation’s research director states that “The mental health impact of the pandemic is going to last longer than the physical health impact.”
Anxiety and stress factors are further compounded by isolation; fear of catching the virus; working in the home environment; media reporting of the current situation; and the lack of clarity from last night’s announcements – to name just a few issues!
It is no surprise that mental health concerns are expected to rise during and after the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the ONS, people in lockdown are more worried about their mental wellbeing than their general health. Half of British adults felt anxious about the lockdown, with the number of people over 16 reporting a deep level of concern and stress doubling since 2019.
Lucy Tinkler, the head of the ONS’s quality of life team, said: “All measures of personal wellbeing, which include anxiety and happiness, are at their worst levels since we began collecting data in 2011.
When the government begins to adapt the lockdown rules, good management and leadership will be crucial to provide reassurance to the workforce to protect their mental health. In the meantime, how can employers support their staff? How can workers voice any concerns or issues that they have now?
Support employee mental wellbeing in times of uncertainty
During this time, business owners and managers must take a proactive approach to provide support to their employees. How can business leaders understand remotely what employees are thinking and feeling, let alone provide the necessary support?
Stanley has been managing mental wellbeing in the workplace for many corporations and businesses in the UK. The MindCheck online survey tool enables employers to monitor the emotional health of employees continuously and remotely, to improve individual and company wellbeing. It helps to identify vulnerable team members and enable them to be supported appropriately.
Platform to voice concerns
Business leaders must understand how their staff are feeling [and coping] during this current situation and establish what actions they can take to provide the necessary support. Achieve this quickly and confidentially with Mindcheck, the online tool to reach remote workers.
Using a series of non-intrusive questions designed by mental health professionals, Stanley MindCheck can quickly recognise employees who are suffering from anxiety, stress, or other mental health concerns.
Online mental health reporting
The tool provides a platform for those who may not feel confident in voicing their concerns and opinions. As well as an outlet to raise any other issues throughout this period of disruption.
The reported outcomes will provide employers a clear indication of who requires support and in what areas.
Intervene early to support at-risk employees whilst nurturing your teams in preparation for the end of lockdown. GDPR compliant and strictly confidential, Mindcheck can be fully customised to any business to help develop team performance and demonstrate a proactive culture of support.
If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offer support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123