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With every area of our UK and Ireland region living with increased social restrictions, including school closures and the widespread call to stay at home as much as possible, this most recent bout of ‘lockdowns’ may be the hardest yet.
And everyone’s circumstance is different. Many of our own colleagues are supporting essential services to remain operational and will continue to head into the workplace. Others will continue to work from home, and may face the challenge of balancing home schooling. There will also be colleagues in the UK being placed on furlough – some for the first time.
From March to September last year, we ran the Make Yourself at Home series, designed to support colleague wellbeing. While this focused on the things people could do to enhance their wellbeing in their new surroundings, this time we want to focus on the mental and physical health of all colleagues – no matter what your experience is going to be through this time.
In the last series, we focused on 22 different topics, ranging from how to make the most of technology, to making our homes as clean as they can be, and the positive routines we can put in place to battle feelings of isolation. In December 2020, we also launched our new wellbeing offer to colleagues, Talk, complete with a new employee assistance programme.
This time around, we’ll look at emerging themes affecting colleagues across the region, such as:
Dealing with isolation and relationships
Loss and separation from loved ones
Support for those continuing to work on the front line
Advice for working parents, carers and those home schooling
Keeping physically and mentally well through lockdown
Supporting those shielding/cocooning, on furlough, or on long-term sickness
Tell us how you are
We also want to know how you are feeling, and what would help you to get through this time. Through this short form, you can help us to understand your needs, and to develop appropriate responses. We will also look to harness the positive power of the thousands of colleagues in the UK and Ireland, sharing the huge range of skills and experience we have for the benefit of us all.
Let’s get through this together.
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