Among them are worries about COVID-19 variants, commuting, caregiving responsibilities, establishing new routines and dealing with grief over the loss of loved ones or from racial trauma.
The center also suggests that employers:
- Keep workers fully informed about plans and changes in policies and procedures. Encourage open discussion about experiences and concerns with transitioning back.
- Make employee mental health a visible priority by creating an environment where it’s comfortable to talk about mental health and getting help. Make sure employees are aware of the resources available to them.
- Be flexible as people transition to new schedules, commutes and routines.
- Offer chances to help employees be more resilient, including mindfulness practices. Create a healthy work environment by prioritizing reasonable work hour limits and promoting physical health.
Dr. Saul Levin, CEO and medical director of the APA, said the Center for Workplace Mental Health’s new guide is “essential reading” for managers to want concrete ways to support employees’ return to the workplace.
“Everyone is dealing with new life circumstances, and some of it will involve trauma, and not all will be evident,” he said in an APA news release. “It’s important that we check in on and take care of each other.”
The center also offers an online training program for managers and supervisors.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on promoting workplace mental health.
SOURCE: American Psychiatric Association, news release, Aug. 5, 2021