Looking after your employees’ mental health
Cary Curtis created Give a Grad a Go in 2009 and seeing the business grow year-on-year since and launching in Australia earlier this year, he had big plans for 2020, “our target for 2020 was 800-plus placements, thanks to lockdown, we’re on course to do about 500 and that now seems like a massive result”.
For many businesses, like Give a Grad a Go, expected targets will not be hit this year, however, in his discussion with iNews, Cary reinforces that smaller achievements are still a huge success and it’s important to celebrate these milestones, whether it’s your business staying open, retaining a certain amount of staff or hitting a smaller, more achievable target.
Celebrating new goals and showing appreciation to your staff is a great way to improve mental wellbeing in the workplace and give your employees a boost of motivation.
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For many businesses this year, there has been a reduced workforce tasked with carrying out other employees’ roles and taking on more responsibility as many staff were furloughed and made redundant due to the pandemic, at Give A Grad A Go “our team shrunk from 32 to 20, but we have brought back nine people who we originally furloughed”.
With staff quickly having to adapt to new roles and many facing uncertainties around their future, it can take a huge toll on your employees’ mental health.
Likewise, many business owners have faced constant pressures and stress this year, having to make extremely difficult decisions such as redundancies.
It has never been more important to look after your employees’ mental well-being, as well as your own as a business owner as you all adapt to working remotely and face new challenges.
It’s important that your employees have regular contact with their managers and other members of staff so they feel connected and able to mention any of their concerns.
It’s also important for your employees to stay connected outside of work hours.
Holding regular socials, such as online drinks, quizzes or virtual birthday celebrations are all great ways to boost morale and gain some normality back.
Find more advice on running a business from home and managing remote teams.