Employee Mental Health in a Pandemic & Managing Workplace Safety
Corridor Interactive, a leading online training provider, announced today the launch of a training product that focuses on the safe return into the workplace amid COVID-19. The product was developed with recognized workplace health and wellness expert Paul Gardiner, a registered psychotherapist. Corridor’s Returning to Work with Confidence During COVID-19 online program not only educates employees on key warnings to watch for with their mental health but it also provides a library of resources from experts like the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association), CDC (Center for Disease Control), Mayo Clinic, and John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Also included are links to resources that address the challenges of working at home and strategies to support a colleague who may be having trouble adjusting to change and the “new normal”.
With this announcement organizations can now ensure that employees are educated and aware of how to recognize stress and what its effects are, what the changes to the workplace may be and how to cope with the new reality, and finally managing personal interactions in a safe and supportive manner to create a workspace that will function well in a pandemic influenced world. Employers can also customize the training by including new company-specific physical rules and protocols (i.e. entrance and exit procedures, elevator procedures, physical distancing, face coverings, etc.).
”This is a very supportive, informative and timely tool for employees,” said Sheri Dolomont, CPHR, RPR, CMP, Director of Human Resources for EFW Radiology, who was among the first to make the training program available to their staff
A recent Nanos Research poll also supports the need to address the additional stress that people have been shouldering with the onset of the pandemic.
“The ‘I’m fine’ theme of this year’s Mental Health Week captures the key message of this poll,” said Louise Bradley, president and CEO of the MHCC. “When we say we are ‘fine,’ we may not always mean it. I hope this survey reminds everyone that it’s normal to feel stressed, anxious, or preoccupied during this outbreak. There is no shame in admitting as much, and there is certainly no shame in taking advantage of all the resources at your disposal to help you feel better.”
“We must not only fight the virus. We’ve also got to fight the stigma that is likely preventing people from feeling comfortable seeking help and support,” said Bradley. “The more we invest in our wellness now, the better off we will be on the other side of COVID-19.”
For more information, see Returning to Work with Confidence During COVID‑19 Online Training.
For over 15 years Corridor has been delivering training solutions for compliance needs on a broad range of workplace issues. Corridor is the leading online training provider for drug and alcohol policies, workplace violence, diversity and inclusion, and privacy awareness. Corridor partners with external Subject Matter Experts; the best in their field to provide rich learning content that allows all levels of employees to understand and apply policies, reducing the legal and financial risk for employers.
Janice E. Park