COVID-19: Employee Health and Wellbeing
This toolkit, COVID-19: employee health and wellbeing, builds on the Business in the Community (BITC) toolkit COVID-19: helping your employees stay well. This follow-on toolkit provides practical guidance and actions for employers on the following topics. The guidance is applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond:
- Domestic abuse
- Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
- Financial wellbeing
- Mental health
- Physical activity and healthy eating
- Sleep and recovery
- Social isolation and loneliness
Call to action for responsible business
BITC calls on responsible businesses to prioritise the health and wellbeing of their people, play their part in the national effort, and transform the nation’s long-term health and wellbeing at work.
Mental health at work commitment
A call to action within the toolkit COVID-19: employee health and wellbeing is for employers to make the Mental Health at Work commitment.
The commitment outlines six standards. A set of actions that any organisation can follow to improve and support the mental health of its people.
By signing the commitment, organisations declare publicly that mental health at work is a priority and join the growing number of likeminded employers, businesses, and organisations across the UK. 1
Wellbeing checklist and resource library
Included within the toolkit COVID-19: employee health and wellbeing is a short checklist for employers to gauge its employee wellbeing. A comprehensive library of resources is included.
The BITC Wellbeing campaign
BITC defines “wellbeing” as the mutually supportive relationship between an individual’s mental, physical, social, and financial health and their personal wellbeing.
Taking a whole-organisation approach to embedding wellbeing into an organisational culture is key to achieving maximum impact. Wellbeing should be positioned as a strategic boardroom issue supporting thriving people, thriving business, and thriving communities.