It's been a tough year, and it seems like there's been one mass shooting after another. Yesterday's tragedy in Texas was the 199th mass shooting of the year, and it's only May. Between the pandemic, economic uncertainty, and racial and political unrest, there's been no shortage of stressors. And, unfortunately, the number of mass shootings in the U.S. this year has only added to the disturbing events for Americans. Experts say that all of this is taking a toll on employees' mental health and that company and HR leaders should check in on their workers and encourage them to prioritize their mental wellbeing during times of crisis and turmoil. It's important to remember that we're all in this together and that we'll get through it by supporting each other. Carolina Valencia, vice president in the Gartner HR practice, says that business leaders need to remember that employees are people, not just workers. She says that it's an organization's duty to support its employees as best they can while they try and cope with crises like the mass shootings we have witnessed this year.
In these uncertain times, it's more important than ever for employers to support their workers. With so much anxiety and stress around, it can be difficult for employees to stay focused and productive. Here are a few ways that employers can help their workers cope with a crisis:
-Encourage regular breaks and time outside of work to relax and de-stress.
-Create a supportive environment where employees feel comfortable openly discussing their concerns and struggles.
-Offer flexible work hours or arrangements to accommodate employees who are struggling to balance work with personal responsibilities.
-Provide resources and information on how to deal with anxiety, stress, and other mental health issues.
By taking these steps, employers can create a workplace that is more supportive and understanding during times of crisis.
In times like these, we all need a little extra support.
By Dean Miles
Keywords: Business Continuity, Entrepreneurship, Mental Health