Mind@Work August 2021
Hybrid working is a form of flexible working. It typically refers to a mixture of workplace/office-based working and remote working, either from home...
Supporting your team with the transition to hybrid working
The coronavirus pandemic brought about huge changes in the way we work and as restrictions continue to be lifted many workplaces are now opting for what is known as hybrid working.
What is hybrid working?
Hybrid working is a form of flexible working. It typically refers to a mixture of workplace/office-based working and remote working, either from home or a different office hub. As it refers to an organisational-wide approach, it is likely to be more complex than an individual flexible working arrangement.
If you're considering a move to hybrid working, it's important to recognise that a 'one-size-fits-all' approach is unlikely to work, and engaging your staff early on is key to success.
Supporting your employees
We've prepared some things to consider while you explore a new way of working:
- Engage your staff early on, and jointly define what hybrid working means for your organisation.
- Make time to check in with your staff on how they are doing and how the new arrangements are working for them. Encourage your staff to remain open about their mental health at work.
- Help employees build connections and encourage them to share what works for them. This could be by arranging team days, or booking in calls or online lunches when employees are working remotely.
- Consider offering some additional training to line managers around mental health and wellbeing to help them adapt to supporting a workforce in a remote or hybrid working environment.
- Make use of our resources: including tips for managing remotely, a Wellness Action Plan for homeworkers and a guide for supporting employees with a mental health problem.
Money worries: top tips for organising your finances
Being on top of your finances is good for your wellbeing and can help you feel calmer and in control.
But for some of us, money can be a source of stress or anxiety, even if we are in regular work. In fact, a study conducted in 2020 found that 52% of UK employees worry about money once a week, and 18% do so daily. (Nudge, 2020).
We asked the experts in Mind’s Information Team for their top tips on getting your finances organised.
Start by taking a good look at your finances. When we’re feeling anxious or stressed about money, it can be easy to bury our head in the sand and avoid checking our bank account or opening bills but the first step to feeling more in control is knowing what you’re dealing with.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by money worries then you are definitely not alone-there are lots of people out there who can help. You can find a list of useful contacts on the Mind website.
Managing money worries
We know that many people are facing financial worries right now, especially as we start to see the impact of the coronavirus pandemic hit people’s finances.
Poor mental health can also sometimes make managing money harder, and worrying about money can make your mental health worse. It can start to feel like a vicious cycle.
Whether you need help organising your finances, dealing with services, or need some support to look after your mental health when you’re worried about money, we have a range of information to guide you.
Visit Mind's money Information pages now
When I find myself getting into debt problems, my mental health deteriorates, which means I am more likely to go on another spending spree and make debt problems worse. It all goes round in a vicious cycle.
Join the fight for mental health and help promote wellbeing in your workplace with Pause.
Sunday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. This is the perfect time to show your staff that their mental health is important, and give them a wellbeing boost with Pause.
Designed by Mind to help carve out a moment of me-time, a chance to put aside daily stresses, chores and to focus on wellbeing, Pause is the ideal gift to encourage staff members to take some time for themselves.
Our Pause boxes are beautifully packaged and contain an origami based activity that will allow your staff to take five minutes for themselves and relax, an opportunity for reflection and a gift message from you.
Pause can be delivered to your office or directly to your employee’s home addresses. The pack has been designed to ensure it will fit through a standard letterbox.
By purchasing Pause for your workplace, you’re supporting your employees’ wellbeing and helping Mind provide support and advice for people experiencing mental health problems.
Improving mental health at university for staff and students
Our work with universities
We were delighted to work with staff and students at nine English universities to help develop and deliver training on mental health and wellbeing as part of our 'Mentally Healthy Universities programme'.
The programme was a two-year pilot, supported by Goldman Sachs Gives. It tested a whole-university approach, offering students the opportunity to attend courses on managing their mental health at university and transitioning into the workplace and running staff schemes such as Mental Health Champions and Peer Supporters.
Find out more about the programme
What we found:
- Our evaluation of the programme showed that over 90 per cent of students were more aware of where to seek help for mental health in the workplace after taking part in the Looking After Your Mental Health at Work course.
- Nearly 90 per cent of staff felt confident tackling mental health stigma in the workplace after attending the Mental Health Champions course.
- 97 per cent of staff reported they knew more about peer support after attending the Staff Mental Health Peer Supporters course. The majority of attendees of both courses (93 per cent) said they would recommend the training to colleagues.
Read further findings in the full evaluation report and executive summary.
Support for students
If you know a young person who is heading to university this Autumn, either for the first time, or as returning student, please let them know about our Student Mental Health Hub. It's full of tools, videos, tips and blogs to help them look after their mental health while they study.
Visit our Student Mental Health Hub
“Although I can’t wait to go back to uni, I am reminded every day that soon I will have to socialise once again with people I haven’t seen in a long time.”