10 ways leaders can check in with their teams mental heath during lockdown

The BelievePerform team look at ways leaders can provide support to help them check in with their teams’ mental health during a lockdown.

In this mental health infographic we provide leaders with the tools to enagage with their teams and encourage mental and physical wellness.

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  1. 1 to 1s – schedule a one to one with a member of your team and use this as an opportunity to have a very human conversation about how they are doing.
  2. Weekly check-in – create an opportunity each week for all team members to join a call where you check in with how everyone is feeling.
  3. Suds ratings – subjective units of distress are an easy and effective way for people to check in with how they are feeling e.g. on a scale of 1 – 10 how stressed are you feeling today?
  4. Wellness action plan – a mental fitness action plan is a great way for people to speal openly about upcoming challenges and the processes that need to be put in place to manage demands.
  5. Performance check in – get your team involved in a series of questions every morning where they can check in with their level of performance and how they are feeling.
  6. Wellness events – set up the opportunity for your team to engage in sessions outside of work (e.g. online yoga where they can connect with others on a personal level.
  7. First aiders – create a group of mental health first aiders who help support you and the team. Use them as a way to keep connected with everyone.
  8. The environment – create a safe, open and honest environment where people feel confident to talk to you openly about how they feel.
  9. Making it a habit – make checking in a regular habit. This is not a one off event. Keep connected to your team on a regular basis.
  10. Keep it simple – Whether it is picking up the phone, emailing, sending a text or setting up a video call, a quick check in can go a long way.
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