Back to work: 6 steps to a mentally healthy transition

Within a few short weeks, the coronavirus turned the working world upside down. One day it was a curious footnote on an international newsreel, the next it had reimagined the way every one of us went about our daily lives.

Before anyone could comprehend the enormity of what was going on and formulate measured plans of action, businesses were forced to make difficult choices. Some workforces became entirely distributed overnight, others were put on indefinite furlough, while the day-to-day life of those in keyworker industries took a serious step-change.

The long-term effect this shift will have on mental health is yet to be seen, but early signs suggest it could be significant if we don't put in place the right measures now.  As people around the world prepare to return to work, leaders need to be aware of the psychological advantages and disadvantages that come with another transition. For some, returning to the workplace will serve to bolster and protect mental health, for others, it'll add further strain. There is also a supporting webinar to compliment this handbook taking place on 8th July at 11am – details here.

This handbook highlights six key areas managers should be mindful of as teams transition back to workplaces, and outline practical steps to mitigate long-term mental health challenges at work as a result of lockdown.

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