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How are we doing?

How are we doing?

 
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You may have seen the recent ad campaign by Nationwide, featuring comedian Laura Smyth reciting a letter to herself in six months' time. In it, she asks “How are you? I mean that, because we actually mean that at the minute.”

For many, Coronavirus (Covid-19) has provided an opportunity to speak more openly and honestly with family, friends and colleagues – and to support each other with the individual challenges faced by being at home.

The results of our recent Covid-19 employee survey show that 75.8% of respondents are having regular check-ins with managers. Remember that these conversations can be initiated from either side, and if you are looking for support in improving that relationship, check out the resources on our recently launched Wellbeing hub.

The survey also revealed that 15.7% of colleagues who responded said that they don’t feel able to manage work and personal demands, highlighting the importance of having the right conversations. Where these issues and concerns are raised, please don’t forget that Sodexo teams have a multitude of support and actions that can be used to support colleagues.

From the survey, those working from home highlighted they are experiencing these top three challenges during the ongoing crisis:

  • Childcare
  • Isolation / loneliness
  • Staying connected with my team

And, with many looking at a longer term of remote working, the main areas in which colleagues require support were highlighted as:

  • Equipment needs
  • Learning and development opportunities and the time to take them
  • Support for those with childcare / homeschooling commitments
  • Time management and ensuring colleagues can ‘switch off’ from work through breaks and at the end of the working day or week
  • Effective technology use whilst remote working – access to systems, making the most of Office 365 and virtual meetings

A shorter survey will be repeated in July so we can continue to get your feedback on how we are all doing. The Regional Leadership Committee, Brand & Communications, IS&T and HR teams are using these surveys to help make sure we are working to deliver the support you need.

For the next three weeks, our Make Yourself at Home campaign will focus on the top three areas highlighted in the survey by those working from home, with the following weeks exploring topics that can be supported by Sodexo and our external partners. Each edition will also feature in-depth insights exploring some of the work / life balance challenges we face, with hints and tips from our in-house Sodexo experts.

In the meantime, please take this opportunity to reflect on previously shared Make Yourself at Home topics and to keep the conversations going, with each other and with our managers and leaders, with family and friends, and beyond.

You can find links to each of the previous weekly Make Yourself at Home talking points below:

 

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