Following an unusually hot Colorado summer, many are welcoming the cooler temperatures that come with fall.
SAD symptoms, such as fatigue, hopelessness, oversleeping and changes in appetite, develop with the decrease in sunlight as days grow shorter.
In 2020, more workers are witnessing fall’s change of scenery from a new location: their homes.
COVID-19 has forced many people to telecommute, with nearly 9% of all Colorado employees now working remotely, including 14.9% in Boulder.
Essential workers, who have experienced increasing mental and often physical stress amid the pandemic, and remote workers are especially vulnerable to SAD this season as they deal with greater isolation and other changes the past seven months have brought.
You can make this time of year easier for your employees by instituting policies designed to monitor worker wellness and mental health. Use our tips to reach out proactively to your workers, even when you no longer see them in an office every day.
Workers are often reluctant to initiate a mental break without support from management.
They can be as simple as exercising or eating healthy meals, two ways to treat SAD.
Those with SAD benefit from giving and receiving compliments.
Exposure to sunlight reduces SAD symptoms.
If you don’t have an EAP or want to refer your workers to other organizations, too, the Colorado Crisis Services and MentalHealth.gov are excellent resources. Make sure your check-ins include employees working virtually and in the office.
Workers worry about superiors’ perceptions and the impact on their jobs when they ask for help. They may feel more comfortable approaching someone outside your company.
Red is overwhelmed, yellow is managing but stressed, and green is everything is good and the worker has bandwidth to help others. After hearing the results, follow up with a phone call or video meeting with those in yellow and red.
By making check-ins and encouragement part of regular team meetings and one-on-ones, you build trust with employees.
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