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How to ease back-to-work anxiety following COVID-19

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has provided guidance for both employees and employers on easing concerns and anxiety about returning to work following COVID-19.

The psychologically informed guidance, ‘Covid-19 related anxiety and distress in the workplace: A guide for employers and employees’, provides practical steps and ideas for creating healthy, sustainable workplaces.

The approach is called SHARE and stands for:

1. SAFE working: Assessing risk in the workplace

2. HELP yourself and others: Communicating and meeting needs

3. ADAPT to change: Diverse workplace situations and adjusting to the ‘new normal’

4. RELIEVE the pressure: Helping yourself and others to adapt and cope

5. EVALUATE: Review the situation regularly to ensure ongoing success

Janet Fraser, chair of the BPS’ Working Differently task group who produced the guidance says: “Each employee has their own concerns regarding their work or personal experience. Feeling worried, uncomfortable or anxious is understandable in a situation that is changing and uncertain. These are common and normal responses.

“Our guidance provides steps for individual employees and employers to deal with these feelings, manage the transition into new ways of working, and look after wellbeing and performance in the immediate and long term.”

Read and download the BPS guidance here.

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