Originally Published by Simone Brown
Simone Brown is a TEC Canada speaker and performance architect who helps leaders and teams improve their performance and profitability by focusing on a ‘people-first, inside-out’ approach. Simone Brown was named “Rookie Speaker of the Year” in the 2019 TEC Canada Top Speaker Awards.
Here are some tips to manage employee wellness during the pandemic. If you’re a business owner, leader, or manager – read these:
Share responsibility for employee check-ins. Have each member of the senior management team contact a certain group of people via phone/video calls for one-on-one chats. Don’t wait for your employees to come to you.
Make sure people are aware of all the mental health resources and support in their community and online.
Host free online meditation classes for your team members and bring them together.
Practice gratitude and have people reflect on the positives in their life. It is important to shift negative states, as constant negativity is a virus in and of itself.
Stay attuned to your emotions. They can offer warning signs of distress. If you find yourself snapping at the people around you over little things, you need to pause and reflect on how you’re feeling.
Work on building up your EQ, as it will help you respond appropriately during these times. Leaders with high EQ are better at handling people and pressure in the face of adversity.
Talk to Someone
If you’re a CEO or business owner, monitor your mental health. Talk to friends, peers, a psychologist, a coach, or a therapist.