Organizational consultant and graduate psychologist at Psykologifabriken
Over the past year, there has been a great deal of focus on the psychological stress of working from home, being isolated and social distancing. One group of people that is easily forgotten is those who need to be on site to be able to do their job. Therese Fröman works as an organizational consultant and graduate psychologist at Psykologifabriken, a company that works to create happier organizations and more sustainable and successful teams.
“It is just as important to talk about the psychological strain affecting those who are required to be on site to carry out their job. Many workplaces have been split into those who work from home and those that are required to be on site. Managers have an important role in maintaining a shared team spirit in these challenging conditions,” Therese explains.
“It is also important for employees to feel they are being heard, have a chance to speak and suggest improvements and new ideas, so that they feel they are able to influence the situation,” Therese continues.
“Loss of control is a common cause of worry and reduced wellbeing in connection with stress. If the worry becomes too consuming, managers may obviously also need to support the employee through company healthcare for example,” she explains.
“It is also important to think about how you approach colleagues who express concern. Just saying ”don’t worry” is unlikely to magically alleviate any worries. It is better to validate the feelings and show them that you are listening.”