The UK Based GoVox calls for organisations to check in with their teams after online reach outs to more than 13,800 people revealed that over 50 per cent of employees are feeling the effects of Coronavirus on their wellbeing.
The uncertainty and disruption of everyday life has been particularly poignant when it comes to the working environment. During this time many have been forced to adjust to a new normal, and this disturbance of routine undeniably has an effect on wellbeing. More and more companies are looking to “check-in” with their employees as remote working becomes commonplace.
To date, GoVox - a platform and tool to help leaders in the monitoring of, and capability to support, their organisations wellbeing and mental health - have conducted over 160,000 check-ins for businesses across the globe. The recent statistics they have gathered (throughout the past 4 weeks of lockdown) show how important an effective line of communication is for the overall health of companies and individuals.
With 24 per cent of people admitted they aren’t coping with the current situation (either inside or outside of work), 46 per cent of people confessed they are having trouble sleeping, and 52 per cent of people admit that things can bother them. Nearly a quarter (17%) also indicated that they would like to speak to someone.
While over 88% of people said they felt trusted to get on and do a good job, which is a great indicator of employee confidence, the fact that over half of those asked are clearly feeling the implications of the virus on their wellbeing proves the necessity of regular check-ins; and with nearly 20 per cent of people explicitly admitting they need support, it is clear that proactive channels of communication are invaluable to enabling this. Now that these emotions have been identified, those responsible within the organisation will be able to prioritise the conversations needed; allowing them to reach out to the individuals behind the numbers and offer support.
Richard Lucas, CEO of GoVox said, “a check-in is a check-in. It’s vital to know how your colleagues and your teams, in whatever organisation are feeling - it’s our responsibility as humans to keep an eye out for each other.
“Now more than ever the value of this is being recognised. We’ve seen a huge increase in organisations proactively looking to monitor and measure their employee’s mental wellbeing - and benefiting commercially as well as holistically from the results.
“With the pandemic reinforcing the need for open communication, we hope that the importance being placed on health and wellness during this period is something that will turn into standard practice for organisations.”
The results of the GoVox check-ins demonstrates the need for tools to monitor the health and happiness of employees under the current circumstances, and indeed beyond. As there is a collective awareness of the importance of mental wellbeing during the pandemic, the need to find innovative ways to nurture workplace community--building and reinforcing relationships--will mean that employers and leaders will be trying different channels of communication perhaps for the very first time. This will ideally pave the way for organisations nationwide to incorporate long-term solutions for the measuring, and support, of mental wellbeing.