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    Prioritizing employee mental health

    Prioritizing the mental health of your employees is always important. 

    However, it seems to be especially vital during this pandemic. The ways that companies support their employees may need to adjust during this time. 

    Here are a few things you can do for your staff's mental health during COVID-19. 

    Communicate

    Company communication these days is more important than ever. 

    One common mistake is waiting to update until something notable happens. Sometimes no update should still be an update! Make sense? 

    The more you are able to send out updates and stay transparent the better. Not knowing and not hearing anything can absolutely invoke feelings of anxiety and uncertainty! Just be sure to not make any promises you can't keep. 

    Take advantage of resources

    There are so many incredible resources out there for mental health right now, especially with technology! 

    Creating pathways for your staff to find and use those resources shows that you care. Maybe it's access to an app or even something already included in their benefits plan.

    Putting a spotlight on these options shows you care.

    Listen and be understanding

    You never know what someone is going through! 

    Grace and empathy go a long way. 

    Forbes summed it up well by saying, "Leaders who show they care about individual employees and provide mental health guidance right now can help boost spirits. Managers should take extra steps during this time to check in with their team on a daily basis about things other than work."

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