‘Kindness’ has been announced as the theme of this year’s mental health awareness week 2020 in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Organisations across the country will have been considering what they can do during these challenging times and how they can support Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 18th to 24th, within their workplaces. Whilst managing mental health in the workplace should be an integral part of working life every week of the year, more than ever we need to re-discover kindness in our daily lives.
Current events has taken many of us by surprise, but the one thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing. There are many ways that workplaces can get involved in random acts of kindness and here are a few of our ideas:
– Video call a colleague to check in on them
– Suggest a virtual coffee/tea break and actively listen during the conversation
– Offer to take team meeting minutes if a colleague is particularly busy
– Send a birthday or a thinking of you e-card
– Ask a colleague if they need any help if you someonee is struggling with workload
– Notice someone isn’t themselves and take the time to ask how they are and listen
– Start or end a virtual team call asking each person what one good thing happened today
Many organisations will also use this week as an opportunity to raise awareness of signposting and support both within and external to the company including your Employee Assistance Programme (EAP),if you have one, signposting to healthcare, such as a G.P. Crisis support such as the Samaritans, or Shout.
If you haven’t put anything in place and you’re struggling to think of what to do, it is easy to action simple steps to start people thinking about their wellness and how kindness can be incorporated into their lives. Getting colleagues to undertake a ‘Weekly Wellbeing Check-up’ is an effective way to encourage staff to review themeselves and manage thier wellbeing better.
Here’s a great link to Mind who have some great tips and support information to use here.
If you need any advice, support or training please drop us a line at email@example.com
Acts of ‘kindness’ start with you…..