Source | www.financialexpress.com | Neeti Sharma | Dr Aarti Jagannathan
Covid-19 has helped highlight the underlying mental wellness related challenges in the Indian corporate sector. While companies are working round the clock to align their efforts to identify and address stressors that directly or indirectly impact them, there still is a huge gap that needs to be bridged. Covid-19 has given rise to stress, worry and fear due to the changes to our daily lives, movements restricted and continuously being bound indoors. Unable to travel, meet family, friends and colleagues while managing work and homes have made a huge impact on the mental well-being of employees. It is important for each one of us to look after our mental and physical health. In such times, anxiety management is one of the key focuses of employers. It is an opportunity to collaborate and bring about initiatives that can help employees at all levels. L&D teams can create programs to answer these worries, and help employees be more efficient and productive.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Investing in a Hobby? Learning a new skill? Bringing in a sense of purpose and fulfillment, developing goal oriented work and engagement techniques, providing meaningful employment to the vulnerable population, learning a new skill, developing a support system are some ways to combat mental stress.
Considering the broad spectrum of mental health and illness, it might be more effective to focus on specific conditions tied to stress and burnout, such as depression and anxiety. Resilience Training should also accompany this mental health training and should focus on empowering employees with the skills to recognize when they’re experiencing stress and burnout and then work to reduce them. It is quite evident that workplaces also play an important role in defining an individual’s mental wellbeing