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Helping Employees Cope With Stress and Build Resilience

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the mental health of your employees is critical. Providing care to others during the pandemic can lead to heightened stress, anxiety and fear. It’s important to recognize what stress looks like and ensure employees know how to cope or where to turn for help.

According to a Gallup poll, nearly 60% of Americans reported daily stress and worry due to the pandemic. Everyone wears stress differently, but some common symptoms include feeling irritated, unmotivated, anxious, depressed or burned out. It may also be hard to concentrate or sleep.

If steps aren’t taken to cope with stress and anxiety, employees are at risk for long-term health effects.

Consider passing along these coping tips from the CDC:

  • Talk openly with co-workers and supervisors about job stress and how the pandemic is
    affecting your work.
  • Recognize that you are performing a crucial role in fighting this pandemic.
  • Remind yourself that everyone is in an unusual situation with limited resources.
  • Focus on what you can control.
  • Keep a consistent daily routine.
  • When away from work, do something that you enjoy such as exercising, spending time outside,
    relaxing or engaging in other hobbies.
  • Stay informed, but don’t obsess over the news and social media. It’s important to take breaks.

Most importantly, make sure all employees know how to access mental health resources in the workplace