What you need to know
The big return to work
Government projections on how many people will be returning to work by 1 June 2020 – not including those currently remote working.
People may only feel fully confident about their safety when they see conclusive proof that this path does not cause a virus recurrence - an assurance that may not come until much later in 2020.
What does this mean?
For many leaders, Australia’s 3-stage road to recovery likely triggered a wave of complex emotions.
While there is no doubt a feeling of relief, business leaders may feel anxious and overwhelmed with responsibility for the health and safety of their staff and customers.
Same as when we closed our doors or moved face-to-face services online, the health and safety of everyone remains the top priority.
Add uncertainty, new challenges and sudden changes, and the fear of making a mistake can be paralysing.
We all know the importance of social distancing and good hygiene. Yet applying these to our workplace, while supporting the mental and physical health of our teams, can be complicated.
As leaders, new pressures such as changes to customer demand and supply chains can feel daunting.
The good news is tools and resources are being developed daily to help leaders manage their teams wellbeing. Here’s two simple questions to ask yourself each day:
- In my network, who do I know and trust to help me work through this issue?
- How am I taking care of my own and my team’s mental health?
Where to go for help and information:
- APM are offering a range of free Welcome Back micro-seminars, to make your return-to-work program a success
- Safe Work Australia offer comprehensive COVID-19 resources, whatever your industry