COVID-19 isn’t discriminating by age — younger people are dying, too
The delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not only much more contagious, but it doesn’t discriminate by age as much as earlier variants did.
Employees are no doubt unsettled. Many are dealing with their personal ties and losses to COVID-19, major disruptions in child care, fears of losing their jobs and overall uncertainty about what the coming months and years may look like.
Those who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include front-line and essential workers as well as those who have lost their jobs, had their work hours reduced, or had other major changes to their employment.
Stress during COVID-19 is something to take seriously. It may cause:
Encourage your employees to talk about how they are feeling, and watch for symptoms of their stress:
When stress becomes too much, there are resources for help. Make sure your employees are aware of your employee assistance program resources, and post and share these resources to help those who may be struggling or experiencing a crisis. In an emergency, call 911.
Remember to take it easy on yourself. This is hard. Right now, the duration of this pandemic is unknown, and there are many factors that will ultimately determine the path of this illness. Taking time for a deep breath is important. Working smarter—not harder—is important.
Right now, the duration of this pandemic is unknown. There are many factors that will ultimately determine the path of this illness. Taking time for a deep breath is important. Working smarter—not harder—is important.
We need to think differently about what we’re prioritizing and how we can best meet the increased demand for care, social distancing and other unique stressors. It’s time to think outside of the box, especially when things are chaotic and are beginning to feel out of control. It’s OK—ask for support, evaluate your needs and adjust your coping skills in a way that will help you to move forward.
We’ve created these downloadable PDF versions of our guides for employees and employers to serve as a reference you can distribute within your organization as you plan your return to work.
Download the Co-Branded Employee Guide: If you would like to customize our employee guide for your organization, we’ve created a PowerPoint template where you can add your organization’s logo and include a custom introduction letter. To ensure the links within this document work, please save and send as a PDF.