Helping Employees Manage Holiday Stress

With compounding layers of difficulty caused by the pandemic and the uncertainty that lies ahead, employers and employees are experiencing a great deal of worry and distress both at home and in the workplace. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advised people not to travel for the holidays, and to consider celebrating virtually to avoid spreading COVID-19.

Consequently, this lack of quality time with loved ones could bring more strain to the mental health of individuals and their families. With that said, it is crucial for employers to implement the right benefits and management strategies to help employees make the most of this unconventional holiday season.

“Employers have the resources to help maintain resilience and adaptability — they need to remind employees they won’t be dealing with this alone. You’ll have happier, more engaged employees when their needs are met.”

Matt Verdecchia, Senior Trainer for Health Advocate’s EAP Program

Employers can try to elevate employees in a way that eases stress and anxiety and ensures a positive working environment despite external forces. In light of today’s circumstances, providing clear communication about any changes made to company policies and procedures, and specifically drawing attention to benefits that align with employees’ mental health and financial well-being can help drastically.

Implementing financial, mental health, and substance abuse programs will grant employees support should they need to seek assistance. Ensuring they have access to programs that help build resiliency can benefit their health and overall well-being. 

In summary, creating an open, supportive, and communicative culture where leadership is actively taking steps to reduce employee stress will go a long way, especially during this trying time.

Information provided by Employee Benefit Adviser.