Updated: Dec 10, 2020
“Someone asked me, 'Aren't you worried about the state of the world?' I allowed myself to breathe, and then I said, 'what is most important is not to allow your anxiety about what happens in the world to fill your heart. if your heart is filled with anxiety, you will get sick and you will not be able to help.'"
- Thich Nhat Hanh
While the world is going through an unprecedented time, we are all doing our best to navigate this current crisis. The COVID-19 crisis truly puts our health – and our mental health – on the forefront. It’s more important that we acknowledge anxiety levels and engage in self-care to help calm our nervous systems. Extreme feelings of fear and anxiety can impact our memory and the way we work. The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine reveals traumatic memory can affect not only the brain, but also the body and the nervous system as well. As many employers send their workforce home, are they also providing the mental and emotional support workers need to professionally focus? Overly stressed employees can either be less productive, or be overly productive with a risk of burnout. Either can affect a team and business. Productivity standards are different, as many home workers face challenges with parenting and homeschooling. Are business leaders recognizing the new challenges and prioritizing workloads to support the change?
Artio will continue explore these challenges as we roll out our upcoming “Recovery and Sustainability” programming. We will delve into some basic ways employers can support their at-home workforce, address shifting productivity standards, reinvent missions and brands, and examine the importance of mental health amongst a workforce. Continue to follow our blog, and Facebook and Instagram social media pages for updates. We will be offering an upcoming free webinar for H.R. Representatives and Corporate Responsibility Officers. We look forward to offering tools and tips on how to sustain your employees through the COVID-19 pandemic and sending everyone care in the meantime!