Back to the Office: How to Reduce Stress About Returning to the Workplace

June 24, 2020

With the UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy underway and lockdown easing, employees may, naturally, have concerns about returning to the workplace. Aside from key workers, since the onset of the coronavirus, most employees have either been working remotely or placed on furlough leave.

As there is a phased return to the physical office space, employees may have anxieties regarding everything that encompasses a typical working day from commuting by public transport to staying safe and healthy in a normal work environment. In the current situation, simply complying with governmental back-to-work protocols may be insufficient enough to support employees fully through the potential mental health and wellbeing difficulties during this challenging time.

65% of Brits are anxious about returning to the office.

20% of workers admit they would now judge a colleague for coming into work with a cold.

71% of people surveyed by Bupa are now more aware of their health and wellbeing, with 66% committed to improving their overall lifestyle moving forward.

During 2018/19, work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of work-related ill health and 54% of working days lost.

Anxiety often stems from the unknown. However, employers can take actionable steps to safeguard staff returning to work and reduce the uncertainty surrounding it. Many people in the UK share the same concern of contracting coronavirus once they return to the office. An internal return-to-work plan covering a range of health protocols, such as staggered shift patters to allow for effective social distancing and guidance on how to stay hygienic around colleagues, can ease concerns.

Organisations can also play an essential role in supporting workers health and wellbeing through online services such as confidential counselling. Additionally, recent events have accentuated the need to promote financial wellness. During these uncertain times, payroll departments have had the added responsibility of informing furloughed staff on their income status to enable them to factor in reduced personal finances. Support services in this area can be provided as part of an employee benefits package with online tools to help improve financial habits and plans for retirement.

Businesses that already have employee assistance and support services in place have had a head start in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the workforce and in the working environment. Centralus’ clients, for example, benefited from the dedicated COVID-19 portal created in April 2019, providing up-to-date information, along with benefits, savings, and services targeted to support key workers, employees and their families. Engagement with our services has soared, with a 200% increase in employees contacting our helpline support service over the past few months alone.

Employers have always had a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, mental health problems in the UK workforce were estimated to have cost almost £35 billion last year. Now, health and wellbeing services are in demand more than ever. Employers who invest in employee support and engagement services are protecting their business assets while putting the interests of their people front and centre.

Employees who have benefited from a generous benefits package which takes care of everything from their overall health to their future interests will be more likely to feel confident in returning to the workplace and committed to an organisation long-term.

With the UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy underway and lockdown easing, employees may, naturally, have concerns about returning to the workplace. Aside from key workers, since the onset of the coronavirus, most employees have either been working remotely or placed on furlough leave.

As there is a phased return to the physical office space, employees may have anxieties regarding everything that encompasses a typical working day from commuting by public transport to staying safe and healthy in a normal work environment. In the current situation, simply complying with governmental back-to-work protocols may be insufficient enough to support employees fully through the potential mental health and wellbeing difficulties during this challenging time.

65% of Brits are anxious about returning to the office.

20% of workers admit they would now judge a colleague for coming into work with a cold.

71% of people surveyed by Bupa are now more aware of their health and wellbeing, with 66% committed to improving their overall lifestyle moving forward.

During 2018/19, work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of work-related ill health and 54% of working days lost.

Anxiety often stems from the unknown. However, employers can take actionable steps to safeguard staff returning to work and reduce the uncertainty surrounding it. Many people in the UK share the same concern of contracting coronavirus once they return to the office. An internal return-to-work plan covering a range of health protocols, such as staggered shift patters to allow for effective social distancing and guidance on how to stay hygienic around colleagues, can ease concerns.

Organisations can also play an essential role in supporting workers health and wellbeing through online services such as confidential counselling. Additionally, recent events have accentuated the need to promote financial wellness. During these uncertain times, payroll departments have had the added responsibility of informing furloughed staff on their income status to enable them to factor in reduced personal finances. Support services in this area can be provided as part of an employee benefits package with online tools to help improve financial habits and plans for retirement.

Businesses that already have employee assistance and support services in place have had a head start in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the workforce and in the working environment. Centralus’ clients, for example, benefited from the dedicated COVID-19 portal created in April 2019, providing up-to-date information, along with benefits, savings, and services targeted to support key workers, employees and their families. Engagement with our services has soared, with a 200% increase in employees contacting our helpline support service over the past few months alone.

Employers have always had a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, mental health problems in the UK workforce were estimated to have cost almost £35 billion last year. Now, health and wellbeing services are in demand more than ever. Employers who invest in employee support and engagement services are protecting their business assets while putting the interests of their people front and centre.

Employees who have benefited from a generous benefits package which takes care of everything from their overall health to their future interests will be more likely to feel confident in returning to the workplace and committed to an organisation long-term.

With the UK government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy underway and lockdown easing, employees may, naturally, have concerns about returning to the workplace. Aside from key workers, since the onset of the coronavirus, most employees have either been working remotely or placed on furlough leave.

As there is a phased return to the physical office space, employees may have anxieties regarding everything that encompasses a typical working day from commuting by public transport to staying safe and healthy in a normal work environment. In the current situation, simply complying with governmental back-to-work protocols may be insufficient enough to support employees fully through the potential mental health and wellbeing difficulties during this challenging time.

65% of Brits are anxious about returning to the office.

20% of workers admit they would now judge a colleague for coming into work with a cold.

71% of people surveyed by Bupa are now more aware of their health and wellbeing, with 66% committed to improving their overall lifestyle moving forward.

During 2018/19, work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of work-related ill health and 54% of working days lost.

Anxiety often stems from the unknown. However, employers can take actionable steps to safeguard staff returning to work and reduce the uncertainty surrounding it. Many people in the UK share the same concern of contracting coronavirus once they return to the office. An internal return-to-work plan covering a range of health protocols, such as staggered shift patters to allow for effective social distancing and guidance on how to stay hygienic around colleagues, can ease concerns.

Organisations can also play an essential role in supporting workers health and wellbeing through online services such as confidential counselling. Additionally, recent events have accentuated the need to promote financial wellness. During these uncertain times, payroll departments have had the added responsibility of informing furloughed staff on their income status to enable them to factor in reduced personal finances. Support services in this area can be provided as part of an employee benefits package with online tools to help improve financial habits and plans for retirement.

Businesses that already have employee assistance and support services in place have had a head start in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the workforce and in the working environment. Centralus’ clients, for example, benefited from the dedicated COVID-19 portal created in April 2019, providing up-to-date information, along with benefits, savings, and services targeted to support key workers, employees and their families. Engagement with our services has soared, with a 200% increase in employees contacting our helpline support service over the past few months alone.

Employers have always had a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, mental health problems in the UK workforce were estimated to have cost almost £35 billion last year. Now, health and wellbeing services are in demand more than ever. Employers who invest in employee support and engagement services are protecting their business assets while putting the interests of their people front and centre.

Employees who have benefited from a generous benefits package which takes care of everything from their overall health to their future interests will be more likely to feel confident in returning to the workplace and committed to an organisation long-term.

Contact us today to learn more about our employee benefits platform, confidential helpline service, and payroll consultancy that can help you to become a market-leading employer that offers your employees reassurance and support when they need it the most.

Contact us today to learn more about our employee benefits platform, confidential helpline service, and payroll consultancy that can help you to become a market-leading employer that offers your employees reassurance and support when they need it the most.

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© 2020 Centralus Corporation Limited. All Rights Reserved. Centralus is the trading name of Centralus Corporation Limited, a company registered in England & Wales

with company registration number 09560385 and registered office address at Wynyard Park House, Wynyard Avenue, Wynyard, TS22 5TB.

Where to find us
https://www.centralus.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/img-footer-map1.png
Head Office: Oak House Reeds Crescent, Watford WD24 4QP
Registered Office: Wynyard Park House, Wynyard Avenue, Wynyard, TS22 5TB

© 2020 Centralus Corporation Limited. All Rights Reserved. Centralus is the trading name of Centralus Corporation Limited, a company registered in England & Wales with company registration number 09560385 and registered office address at Wynyard Park House, Wynyard Avenue, Wynyard, TS22 5TB.

Contact us
Where to find us
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Head Office: Oak House Reeds Crescent, Watford WD24 4QP
Registered Office: Wynyard Park House, Wynyard Avenue, Wynyard, TS22 5TB
Get in touch

© 2020 Centralus Corporation Limited. All Rights Reserved. Centralus is the trading name of Centralus Corporation Limited, a company registered in England & Wales with company registration number 09560385 and registered office address at Wynyard Park House, Wynyard Avenue, Wynyard, TS22 5TB.