COVID-19: If you would like access to support information surrounding COVID-19 and the steps that Busy Bees Benefits are taking, please click here.

COVID-19: PROVIDING SUPPORT WHEN IT MATTERS

Many of us are feeling worried or stressed about coronavirus and the impact it could have on our lives, as well as our loved ones. The resources below provide support during these difficult times.

Coronavirus Support

Uncertainty surrounding coronavirus can be a difficult factor to handle. Not knowing exactly how we are likely to be impacted makes it easy for our thoughts to spiral out of control. Not only this, but the economic repercussions may cause anxiety or fear regarding your finances, and with more people spending more time at home, feelings of isolation may increase. All of these factors can be hard to manage, especially as it may be more difficult to do the things that normally keep us mentally well.

There are, however, many things we can do to look after our mental wellbeing during this time. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve organised on this page a series of information sheets with our employee assistance programme partner LifeWorks, to help navigate through these uncharted waters.

Whether it’s about maintaining mental health and good relationships, the challenges of home-schooling, looking after vulnerable or elderly adults or work-related issues such as remote working, we want to support you in the best way that we can.

Click through to the resources below to benefit from our experts’ advice and tips or simply gain comfort from the fact that we are all in this together. Please feel free to share these information sheets with employees, partners, friends, colleagues or anyone you feel may benefit.

 

Coronavirus toolkit

This resource provides support with learning more about COVID-19, work and illness, financial worry and mental wellbeing.

 

What is coronavirus and how can I protect my loved ones?

This resource outlines what novel coronavirus is, what the symptoms are, when you should seek medical help, how to avoid catching coronavirus and how to protect your family and loved ones.

 

Protecting yourself against COVID-19

The growing spread of the COVID-19 means that some people may be experiencing concern, stress, or anxiety due to news reports about the disease. This article will provide some guidelines and resources for people who want to protect themselves against possible infection.

 

Reliance during a disease outbreak, epidemic, or pandemic

The constant news media coverage and warnings of a possible disease outbreak, epidemic, or pandemic may cause us to worry about our own and our family’s health and safety. While it is perfectly normal to be concerned, there are steps you can take to be prepared to cope should your community be affected.

 

Coping with loneliness

Whether you are lonely a lot of the time or just once in a while, you can do many things to feel less isolated and more connected to other people. Outlining the definition of loneliness and being alone, this resource also defines common types of loneliness and ways to cope.

 

When you or your children are upset by news reports

Too much exposure to media coverage of frightening events such as COVID-19 can add to our distress and make us and our children feel anxious. This resource outlines what you can do when you or your children are upset by the news.

 

Setting work-life boundaries when you work from home

Some home workers find that they have trouble keeping their personal lives from interfering with their work and affecting their work performance. Creating and maintaining effective boundaries between work and the rest of life is essential as you manage your schedule working from home.

 

How to structure your remote working day

Remote working brings with it a set of unique challenges that can take some practice to master. This article outlines how you should create a beginning and end to your day, the importance of organisation and using communication tools effectively.

 

Helping employees stay focused during times of change and uncertainty

Portraying action steps for managers, this resource is useful for business owners wanting to set a positive tone and create an environment where employees feel committed and supported at work.

 

Managing concerns and anxieties about infectious diseases at work

This article provides a brief overview for managers with best practices on how to communicate and manage employee concerns, whatever the nature of the infectious disease.

 

Managing employees who work a flexible schedule or remotely

This article focuses on types of flexible arrangements that are at the employee’s request and how you, as their employer can manage and support them.

 

Your role as a leader in building team resilience

Good managers take action to build resilience in the people who make up their teams. In this article, you’ll read about the important steps you can take to foster this valuable resource.

 

NHS Support

As well as these resources, we have also provided useful links to the various NHS websites that you may find helpful:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

 

You can also find more information about how we are working to support our employees at Busy Bees Benefits in our article Supporting Work Processes: Covid-19.

You can also read our Managing Director’s full statement in our Coronavirus Update.

If you wish to discuss anything further, then let us know and we will ensure that the appropriate person in our firm makes contact with you. You can call us on 0330 333 9100 or by emailing information@busybeesbenefits.com