Ten Interpersonal Wellness Tips to Reduce Workplace Stress and Conflicts as We Follow the Covid-19 Social Distance Requirements at Work.
How is your workplace doing in the face of Covid-19?
Today I arrive to work and there is a skeleton staff at work. Many parents are choosing to not send their children to school to err on the safe side. This means that many parents are also choosing to stay at home with their children instead of going to work.
If you have been following the news you will know that this Monday morning will be unprecedented. It will be unlike any other Monday morning in the history of our modern working world.
This Monday morning many are wondering if they will remain employed, be laid off temporarily, or if their industries will survive the economic and social distance impact of covid-19.
As we are asked to stay home if we have signs of flu like symptoms, many are staying home out of fear of being contaminated. Many parents though are expected to work from home while they care for their children, which can result in more distractions and errors, and result in more irritation, long hours and overwork.
In a society where our children have been socialized to expect to be entertained. The added closures of amusements and social activities are causing many parents to stress as they scramble to find ways to entertain children without access to libraries, museums, and public pools that are now closed. Parents now find themselves choosing to stay home with busy children who need to be entertained while they try to concentrate on getting work done.
The pressure on parents who must report to work but do not have childcare is another quandary. Now that social isolation is an issue, they are advised to not have their children visit grandparents who are high risk for this virus, in case their children are healthy carriers. Not only is this putting strain on family’s social activities, but it is also affecting their ability to socialize with friends and family members they once were able to visit or even send the kids over for a breather.
While employers are thinking of creative ways to still make the payroll, employees are stressed about the possible isolation of working at home. Not having the ability to seek out their colleague’s opinion or to speak to them face to face or across the cubicle will have a social and emotional and interpersonal impact on most at work.
As a leader, you should be more mindful of heightened emotions, distress, anxiety, irritability and an escalation in interpersonal conflicts. Instead of panicking, view this as an opportunity to prepare your employees to face difficult times.
As we each do our part to flatten the curve of this virus, many are making references to the Spanish Flu of 1918, which infected approximately a third of the world’s population at that time. Given the information and technology we have now, we must use this advantage to curb the impact of covid-19 emotionally and interpersonally.
Here are some interpersonal wellness tips to soften the impact of social distancing at work, as we each take steps to reduce the spread of this virus:
Joyce Odidison, MA, PCC, CTDP. Joyce Odidison is Chair of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. and Host of the What’s Happening at Work Podcast Show, where she shares practical strategies to address what’s going on at work any day of the week. Joyce brings decades of first-hand experiences and practical tools from 23 plus years as a Conflict Analyst, Workplace Wellness Expert, and Leadership Coach who helps to shift toxic interpersonal conflicts, dis-ease and stress at work to foster resilience and well-being for thousands of employees and organizations. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-877-999-9591.