Acas have published new guidance to help staff manage their mental health at work during coronavirus after a survey found 2 out of 5 employees working from home felt stressed, anxious or experienced mental health difficulties due to their working situation. The Acas-commissioned YouGov survey found that: (a) 10% of those working from home always missed informal/social interaction with others at work and 25% often missed it; (b) 3% always felt stressed, anxious or experienced mental health difficulties due to their working situation, with 9% often experiencing these symptoms, and 25% sometimes feeling this way. Acas’s new advice offers some practical steps to take for those working from home:

  • Stay in contact with people – talk to colleagues or friends about how you’re feeling
  • Have a routine – so you plan in advance what you’ll be doing each day
  • Keep active and exercise
  • Make time for activities you enjoy
  • Talk to your manager about your situation and how you’re doing
  • If necessary, discuss changing your working pattern with your manager to suit your situation

 

Original article ‘Acas launches new guidance on mental health during coronavirus’ Written by Makbool Javaid Published The HR Director

 

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