If we are to respond to this time of crisis in hopeful and healthy ways, we might choose to see this as a time of opportunity. We might focus in on the long-term aims for the emotional health and wellbeing of our organisation and the people in it, to build back healthier, stronger and more connected.
All organisations rely on their people to realise their goals. How are you looking after your employees during these difficult times? What is your strategy for supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of your workforce? Are you able to see this not as an add-on to the main business or something which can be either outsourced, or left to HR, but rather as a vital and foundational part of leadership?
These are indeed challenging times for organisations and their people. As we begin a third period of lockdown across the country, it is more important than ever that we think strategically.
We will all need to embrace new thinking, to be dynamic, flexible and creative if we are to survive and flourish as we recover from this time. We know that it takes a particular kind of working environment to enable these attributes, so how can we work towards developing this as we begin to recover?
We will need to:
Rebuild trusting relationships
Support and encourage self-awareness and self-regulation
Provide an empowering environment
Reflect together, listen, make space for open discussions
Develop healthy habits of communicating
Understand our individual role in creating an emotionally healthy workplace
Watch this video to understand more about psychological safety and resilience and think of ways in which they can be promoted in organisational contexts.
It will also give you ideas on how organisations can support employees through changes.