Coping with workplace changes

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Caring for your well-being through uncertainty

Good mental health is central to personal and organizational performance.

As the workplace changes, how do we adapt while maintaining our well-being?

Below are tips to help you care for your mental health to better cope with changes in the workplace. Additional tips and tools are available on our Protect your mental health page. 

Maintain self-awareness

As we continue to navigate through uncertainty, we may experience many changes. How we choose to respond to those changes will impact our personal well-being.

  • Have self-compassion. After more than a year of working from home, some of us returning to a physical workplace can experience nervousness or a reluctance to leave home. Be patient and accepting with yourself. Change can be uncomfortable and you’re not alone. 
  • Focus on what brings you gratitude. The pandemic brought professional and personal hardships, and it also led to transformation. Consider any positive changes and choose to appreciate them often throughout your day.
  • Know that your feelings are valid. When we manage our emotions, listen to our bodies, and make time for ourselves our mental and physical health improves, resulting in enhanced resiliency in times of change.
  • Learn and respect boundaries. Everyone has different comfort levels. Get to know your own emotional, mental and physical boundaries. Communicate them respectfully and clearly to your teammates and colleagues.

Stay connected

As employees adjust to workplace changes, it’ll be essential to stay connected and to communicate often.

  • Share your experiences. Each employee may have different needs and face a unique set of challenges. Taking the time to share your experiences with your colleagues and listening to theirs increases support and makes way for a compassionate workplace.
  • Stay social. Plan regular social interactions with colleagues, either in-person or online, while ensuring an inclusive approach regardless of location of work.

Embrace rather than resist change

The workplace is not only about where we work, but how we work.

  • Make use of the tools. Make the effort to continue using video calls and other ways to ensure that all colleagues feel included, regardless of location. Take advantage of training available to you, such as the M365 Tools training to keep your skills up to date.
  • Maintain a flexible routine. While flexibility is an essential part of the workplace, it’s important to establish a routine regardless of where you work. Clearly communicate your routine to your colleagues when operations may be impacted.
  • Continue to follow local health guidelines. Sticking to some of the habits we picked up in the past year such as practicing proper hand hygiene, physical distancing and wearing a mask where applicable can help ease concerns and apprehension associated with workplace changes.

Additional resources

Mental health in the workplace is a shared employer-employee responsibility. From looking after our own mental health to preventing psychological harm at work, both individuals and organizations have a role to play.

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Additional resources are available on Anxiety Canada’s Coping with COVID-19 resource hub.

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