Ethical IT is a business that prides itself on being sustainable, pioneering and transparent in everything that it does. And this goes beyond the work we do for our clients; it is also about how we treat our own staff.
The Covid-19 pandemic has put pressure on all employees, so paying attention to workplace mental health has never been more important.
Which is why, during the month of May, Ethical IT has pledged a Mental Health Day for all staff. This is a free day that employees can take off to focus on their own wellbeing and spending time with friends and family; it doesn’t count as part of the annual holiday allowance.
Ethical IT is committed to changing how we think and act about mental health. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem; whilst nine in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result, according to the mental health campaign Time to Change.
We want everyone with a mental health problem to be free of fear and feel supported.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation. Having to work from home can be tough: some struggle with being away from their colleagues, others are not enjoying the isolation. Teams might be finding it difficult to feel motivated, while managers might have lost their sense of leadership and direction.
The usual ideas for supporting staff mental health do not apply when in lockdown. Even as restrictions are lifted, it might be a long time before everything returns to normal. It’s important that we all look out for each other.
At Ethical IT, we’re advising our employees to use their Mental Health Day wisely. Our staff are encouraged to avoid screens, to pick up the phone to friends and family and to try something different. It could be a new activity such as yoga or gardening, or it could simply be spending time outdoors.
Mental Health at Work is another great resource, supported by Mind. It has collated tips on how to cope with the continuing lockdown, including advice on staying focused, keeping your anxiety levels low, and supporting colleagues who might be having a harder time due to social isolation.
As it states: “In one sense, we’re all in it together. But in another sense, it’s different for everyone.”
This is so true. We’ve never been so alone and yet so connected as a community. Technology plays an important role in this new normal and as a business specialising in providing the most sustainable IT solutions, we’re passionate about helping our clients, our partners and our staff on their journey. We believe IT can be a force for good.
If you would like to find out more about how our IT solutions can help your business, please do get in touch.