COVID-19 continues to impact the mental health of workers. What are employers doing about it?

waterloo(Source: WaterlooChronicle.ca) To deal with mental health issues brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are trying various measures to help employees cope from hosting talks with experts, to offering extra days to focus on mental health, to organizing social zoom games. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and employees spread out to work from home, ensuring the mental well-being of staff was a crucial area of focus for Sarah Bettencourt.

The chief people officer of PointClickCare, a company that provides electronic health record software to long-term-care homes, asked herself, “OK, who do we want to be known for when this is all done?”

The company set up employee resource pages to help manage wellness overall, including how to maintain a work-life balance, as well as virtual fitness and meditation lessons. It also offered employees two days a month to focus on mental and physical wellness and virtual social networking opportunities for employees, called “coffee connect.”

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