Workplace Culture, Mental Health and Wellbeing Round Up
21st March, 2020
How are you?
What used to be just a polite comment has now totally new meaning as we all adjust to the realities and uncertainties caused by the coronavirus.
Perhaps you’ve been dealing with the pressure of communicating urgent messaging to colleagues. Or battling at the frontline to put in place measures that will support employees working remotely. Or looking ahead to plan for what might be coming next.
Whatever workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing challenge you’re facing, we’re here to help. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be collating and sharing insights to meet your fast-evolving needs; helping you to navigate the barrage of information you’re receiving.
Seeing the wood for the trees
Five useful resources I’ve come across over the last fortnight will help you to get the ball rolling:
KPMG are holding a series of webinars about how to navigate the business challenges of COVID-19. They’re about building business resilience, crisis management and continuity planning but with a very human focus - including practical advice for those grappling with people and workforce challenges. If you register (for free), you can listen to a recording of the first webinar here and register for future webinars here.
Miranda Bryant in The Guardian caught my eye with her article which considers whether there is a right way to worry about coronavirus. Useful suggestions on both a personal and professional level.
A veteran homeworker, I thought I knew it all but I’m still learning from the many articles and resources. “How to maintain your mental health while working from home” in Fast Company is a useful guide for how to manage distractions and maintain focus when working from home.
For concise tips on managing teams remotely, this article from City Mental Health Alliance helps to focus on supporting colleagues to stay mentally healthy in unusual circumstances.
Finally, a boost of pragmatic positivity with a bonus episode of Dr Chatterjee’s podcast in conversation with behavioural neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr Judson Brewer.
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Claire Farrow is the Global Director of Content and Programming for the Mad World and Make a Difference Summits. She also drives the content for Mad World News.
Claire is on a mission to help every employer – large, medium and small – get the insight, inspiration and contacts they need to make real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation.
She has been freelance for more than 15 years. During that time, she has had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times.