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Let the Sunshine In: Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted by HRdownloads on Mar 4, 2021 4:23:00 PM

While days are getting longer, we aren’t quite out of the woods yet, which means employees may be experiencing a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Ongoing and changing restrictions have already caused a major shift in our mental health, which may be affecting workplaces more than we realize. Symptoms will likely be amplified by anxiety and isolation arising from “stay home” recommendations and may last beyond the winter months.

Employers may notice that employees are less ambitious or productive this time of year and may shrug it off as them adjusting to getting back into the swing of things. However, employers should be aware that their employees may be experiencing deeper mental health issues.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Mental Health

HR Professionals: Taking Care of Yourself, Too

Posted by HRdownloads on May 28, 2020 3:06:00 PM

HR plays an important role in resolving disputes, addressing concerns and complaints, liaising between employees and management, promoting employee engagement, and disciplining misconduct, among many other tasks. All of these tasks require emotional sensitivity and understanding, and can take a toll on you. While taking care of the mental health and wellness of your employees is a rewarding part of any HR professional’s job, you may forget you need to take care of yourself, too.

As an HR professional, you are often asked to deal with stressful and mentally taxing problems, which can lead to burnout. Adding to the mix lately, HR professionals have had to maintain composure when dealing with very stressed out and concerned employees on top of implementing many new processes. Empathy and compassion are two valuable traits an HR person can have, but we need to take steps to avoid exhausting our capacities for them.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Mental Health, HR Challenges

Mental Health in the Workplace: How Are Your Employees Coping?

Posted by HRdownloads on May 25, 2020 2:35:00 PM

When your employees have a difficult time, do they have somewhere they can go for support? The stigma around mental health issues is slowly fading, but we have more work to do when it comes to supporting mental health and wellness in the workplace.

Everyone goes through difficult times, and it can sometimes feel like those difficult times have become never-ending. What employers and HR professionals do to support employees can make a huge difference in a company’s culture, employee retention, and overall well-being. How you act when an employee is struggling says a lot about what you value as a company. Take a minute to think: what does your organization do right now to help employees overcome adversity and thrive?

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Topics: Health and Safety, Mental Health, HR Challenges

Everybody Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in Human Resources

Posted by HRdownloads on Nov 22, 2018 2:30:00 PM

A human resources professional may have only one job title, but they almost always have more than one role in an organization. Among the most important roles HR plays are resolving disputes, addressing concerns and complaints, liaising between employees and management, and disciplining misconduct. All of these tasks require emotional sensitivity, patience, and understanding, but these tasks also exact a toll.

Empathizing with a person or being compassionate requires sharing that person’s pain or suffering, and that sharing has consequences. Over time, even the most compassionate person can suffer from compassion fatigue, where their capacity for empathizing with others is diminished. This can feel even more prevalent during the holiday season, which can put a lot of pressure on employees across the organization as both personal and professional obligations ramp up at the end of the year.

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Topics: Mental Health, HR Challenges

Mental Health First Aid: Are You Prepared?

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 27, 2018 2:30:00 PM

An employee asks to speak with you. They are sweating, having trouble breathing, and teary-eyed. They disclose they're having an anxiety attack, and they feel as though their heart will jump out of their chest. What would you do?

Not all leaders or employees can confidently say how they would respond in this situation. However, with the increased visibility of mental illness in the workplace and chronic mental stress changing the adjudication of workers' compensation board claims, employers need to be proactive and prepared to respond immediately if an employee has a mental health crisis in the workplace.

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Topics: Health and Safety, Mental Health

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