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A Guide to Wellbeing During Challenging Times

For businesses, the impact of COVID-19 and resulting disruption to trading has been immense on cashflow and supply chains. Throughout the pandemic, we have supported businesses by helping them to navigate their way through Government support packages, as well as setting up local support services such as the Volunteer Business Support Scheme, and delivering the Peer Networks programme. This support has helped businesses to access funding and advice to enable them to adapt to a new normal. As these uncertain times continue, surveyed business owners have told us that one of the longer-term concerns they have is for the wellbeing of their employees who are key to the recovery of their business.  

We, along with the Behaviour Change Unit at Hertfordshire County Council and UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases have joined forces to develop the ‘Wellbeing during challenging times’ guide in response to the impact of the pandemic on businesses in the county. The guide provides business owners, employers and advisers with practical tips about how to provide support without needing to be trained counsellors, as well as practical guidance on looking after their own wellbeing. 

As the central point of access for business support in the county, we have been helping businesses to access and navigate the emergency Government business support measures during the pandemic, in order to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on their business. We have been hearing first-hand how the pandemic is affecting businesses and listening to their concerns, the steps that they are taking to ensure that their business survives and the support that they will need in the future. 

Throughout the year both you and your workforce may have experienced some very significant changes brought about by remote working, furlough, illness, increased workload and caring responsibilities. You may be aware that you and some members of your workforce are experiencing mental health challenges such as anxiety and stress and it can be difficult to know how best to respond to these situations. The guide is designed to help you to communicate effectively with your workforce and recognise the importance of addressing your own wellbeing in order to then be able to support others. 

The guide includes information such as:
•    Looking after your wellbeing
•    Effective communication with your workforce
•    Offering practical support
•    Details of local and national support for you and your workforce to access

The guide, part of our Wellbeing and Resilience Programme of support, provides you with tools to help you improve wellbeing and mental health in the workplace, even if you have limited or no experience with mental health you will feel more confident to start to proactively address wellbeing in the workplace with people managers or employees. 

The guide is available to download from our Knowledge Bank. Register for free, complete a short business diagnostic, and you will gain immediate access to our Knowledge Bank.

By registering, you will also have full access to our Marketplace which includes Funded Support Listings, outlining the range of business support schemes available to you.