Being able to recover quickly from setbacks will stand you in good stead throughout your career, as the pace of change accelerates in the workplace.
To look after your wellbeing, you will generally need to be aware of any signs of stress, such as:
- sleep problems
- consuming too much alcohol
Companies are likely to have to spend a lot more time on the mental health of their employees, particularly as people start to reintegrate on the way out of the pandemic.
In January 2020, a Deloitte report on mental health and employers found that the costs to UK employers of poor mental health was £45 billion.
There has been a shift over the past 10 years to provide support for staff after high-profile cases such as Antonio Horta-Osario, the then Lloyds bank chief executive, who took a leave of absence in 2011 after suffering from stress-induced insomnia.
That experience led him to review support for the bank’s 65,000 employees and introduce a number of measures, including mental health officers. Many other companies have followed his lead.
But the aftermath of COVID-19 has brought much uncertainty and your job could be at risk, particularly if you are in mid- to upper-management, or you may be finding it tough just to get an interview.
It can feel like there is constant reorganisation and new technology can push your role around, which can make you feel on edge.
You can end up suffering from an “ambiguous loss”, which is when you do not feel in control of your own destiny or you do not feel safe or you do not trust your leaders to answer you correctly.
How resilient you are may affect how well you cope when faced with any workplace challenges.
But you can learn how to adapt well and bounce back rapidly after a stressful event.
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