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Surviving the second lockdown

It's the sequel that no one wanted; as the industry faces up to a second lockdown NABS provides some much needed support and advice.

Nicola Kemp

Editorial Director

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How are you? It is a question that is too often little more than a statement, rather than a genuine enquiry. Yet, as we collectively get to grips with a second lockdown it is a business necessity to ensure that not only is ‘how are you?’ is a genuine question but that the answers and challenges of employees are actively listened to.

As the coronavirus crisis continues to have a devastating economic and emotional impact across the industry, the notion that ‘we are all in it together’ must be recognised for the hollow platitude it is. For while we face the same storm, each individual experience is unique. Employees living in house shares, for example, may crave a return to the office for space and mental wellbeing. On the flip-side employees with caring responsibilities for vulnerable parents or children with little to no childcare options, may not have the same need.

Yet while the demands of employees may well be contradictory, the need to address them is an urgent one. Work related stress and mental ill health is the leading cause of sickness absence and, according to NABS, the number of calls to its advice line due to redundancy are up by 117%.

NABS will be here to support people both financially and emotionally over the tough coming months; we urge anybody who needs help to contact us. You are not alone.

Diana Tickell

Emotional support, which has long been one of the main reasons for people to call NABS, continues to rise, notably in terms of emotional support calls related to mental health. The danger is employees in fear of redundancy will not feel confident enough to enforce boundaries around the working hours to avoid burnout, or voice the mental health challenges they are facing. 

With this in mind NABS wants the industry to know that it is “here to help throughout the second lockdown and beyond”. Its staff and volunteers have been continuing to support the industry from home, as they have been doing since March. Its Masterclasses, mentoring, coaching, redundancy advice and therapeutic offering have all been taking place online and will continue to do so. 

Diana Tickell, CEO, NABS, explained: “Our last wellbeing poll results revealed that 57% of people are struggling with a lack of motivation and drive. Employers need to do all they can to support their talent. This second lockdown will compound these issues. It will also have a huge impact on the general wellbeing of people working in our industry, especially as many of us were just getting used to a tentative return to the office.”  

She continued: “NABS will be here to support people both financially and emotionally over the tough coming months; we urge anybody who needs help to contact us. You are not alone.” 

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