What do stress and the coronavirus have in common?

What do stress and the coronavirus have in common?

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work fundamentally. Suddenly we had to take an invisible enemy into account and respect several precautions to minimize the threat that the virus poses. Governments enforced lockdowns, and people needed to stay at home. Companies were forced to restructure the way they were working because working from home became the standard.

COVID-19 confronted HR departments with some new challenges. And some ‘old’ problems became more apparent. One example of an old issue that became more apparent during the last year is stress management. In the pre-COVID-19 era, HR teams often relied on their gut feeling and personal contact with their people. Today this has been shown to be very challenging.

Like the coronavirus, stress is an invisible enemy for HR departments, but its impact on mental and physical well-being is substantial. The WHO estimates that stress and anxiety in the workplace cost the global economy 1$ trillion each year. Stress can also have severe effects on the body. For example, research shows that prolonged exposure to stress is linked to autoimmune diseases. But how can companies outline strategies to push back the adverse effects that stress has on employees and their business in general? And how can stressors be investigated and managed?

It is interesting to observe how governments try to push back their invisible enemy (i.e., the coronavirus). The cornerstone of the strategy is often to conduct as many tests as possible. If there is a particular region in the country or city where the virus is active, specific actions are deployed to contain the virus. The takeaway here is that having a clear picture of the problem is essential before starting to think about possible solutions. In particular, if you are dealing with an invisible enemy.

Like governments, HR teams should have a clear and up-to-date picture of what is going on within their company. Strategies designed to reduce stress and increase employee resilience need to be data-driven. Understand which stressors affect employees’ mental and physical well-being is essential. If the problems are evident, it makes sense to invest in solutions.

So, what do the coronavirus and stress have in common? Both are invisible.

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  1. bai Sam

    According to the CDC, The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
    Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:
    Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
    Changes in sleep or eating patterns.
    Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
    Worsening of chronic health problems.
    Worsening of mental health conditions.
    Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.

  2. wissen Blair

    Great advice from Joseph McGuire, Ph.D. a child psychologist with Johns Hopkins Medicine, says we should prepare, don’t panic.
    From the news to social media, a lot of information is circulating about the new coronavirus. Some is true, but much of it may be misinformed or only partly correct, especially as information rapidly changes.
    McGuire recommends using credible sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization to obtain up-to-date, scientific information about the illness and how to prevent it.
    “Knowledge and preparation can help reduce feelings of panic,” says McGuire. “Individuals can use information from trusted resources to develop personal plans of action.”

  3. MCGAVOCK4276

    Thank you!!1

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