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Stress Management for Stressful Times: Supporting Your Employees’ Mental Health

  • Social distancing, an uncertain economy, and other factors have all been detrimental to the mental health of many employees
  • Eight ways managers can help reduce stress and anxiety among their workers
  • Regular communications, flexible work schedules, and other tips for a healthier workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended countless lives, inhibiting or significantly altering our ability to visit friends and loved ones, visit local businesses, and convene with co-workers. Other factors have also contributed to stress and anxiety, including civil unrest and worries about the state of the economy and potential unemployment.

In this environment, employees are often in a worse state of mental health. A recent report in the Harvard Business Review offers tips on how managers can better support their employees to keep them in a good state of mind.

The authors advise that supporting one’s employees include efforts to address any mental health concerns. Steps to meet this goal include modeling healthy behaviors, regular communications to quickly address any concerns, being flexible about work arrangements, and modifying existing policies and practices to meet current conditions.

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