Advice for employers
Further guidance on supporting you and your staff is provided below. Download a copy of this information.
This guidance is for employers in Gloucestershire who want to know more about how to support their staff to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. You may be a small enterprise or larger organisation; whatever the size of your workforce there is plenty of information here to help you.
In November 2020, a letter was sent to employers in Gloucestershire by Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health at Gloucestershire County Council. This letter provides further information on support services for those who may be struggling with their wellbeing due to Covid-19. Read the Letter to Employers here.
You may also be interested in this page which includes information for those who may be at risk of experiencing financial hardship due to job loss/end of furlough/redundancy.
- Local training
- Local wellbeing support
- Promoting the Five Ways to Wellbeing within the workplace
- Working from home
- Supporting staff that may be more vulnerable or more at risk
- Employee Assistance Programmes
- Embedding wellbeing support within your organisation
- How is your workforce responding to Covid-19?
One way to do this is to use existing staff management systems as a means of offering mental health and wellbeing support to your workforce, such as:
- 1:1 supervisions – have conversations about how it is OK to not be OK (normalising psychological responses), offering informal or more structured support as required
- Appraisals – recognising achievement during a time of adversity, providing thanks in a formal way
- Team meetings – time for reflection on past events that have been challenging, recognising what has been learnt from these events, an opportunity for peer support
Some workers may feel uncomfortable talking to their line manager about how they are feeling. You could consider implementing a peer support system with wellbeing champions trained to listen and signpost, or simply make sure that information about how to get help is promoted and shared across your workforce (see our new leaflet about the Five Ways to Wellbeing that you could share with your staff on our Promoting the Five Ways to Wellbeing page).
To equip leaders and managers to have better conversations about mental health and wellbeing training is important. Feeling confident and knowledgeable to support your workforce in this way is helpful and leads to better outcomes.
To find out more about training opportunities see the Local Training section.