As we gradually begin to adapt to the ‘new normal’, the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to emerge in new evidence.
Following the launch of their new course, MaST Evolution, an immersive e-learning specialist, have highlighted that many employees will be suffering from a lower mental wellbeing as the return to the workplace.
Reports from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that more than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) reported feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life, with the most common issues being worry about the future (63%), stress or anxiety (56%) and boredom (49%).
All employers have a duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, including mental health and wellbeing. It is important for employers to review and adapt measures to support employees experiencing a poorer wellbeing because of COVID-19.
It is well-documented that employees often do not feel comfortable in speaking up about poor mental health – this is where training plays a crucial role. Employers should look to increase awareness of how to manage wellbeing in the workplace, including self-care and how to support others when you first notice a need.
MaST’s instructor-led mental health and wellbeing course has been developed using engaging visual collateral to provide trainers with the materials they need to add immersive understanding of and insight into the issues in the workplace that can damage wellbeing.
By developing an understanding of mental health issues and how to create a sense of wellbeing, employers can counter the reduced confidence, capacity and productivity that comes from workplace stress.
In situations where employees need support beyond a good listener, it essential for employers to be aware of where to signpost individuals experiencing a higher severity of mental ill-health.
To learn more about MaST Evolution’s instructor-led e-learning, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://mast.criticalcinema.co.uk/store/885714-mental-health-wellbeing-ilt