It’s been almost two years since the onset of the pandemic, and more than a year since people from all over the world had close, physical contact with friends and family outside their homes. Work-from-home arrangements, people losing jobs, COVID deaths, and physical distancing have taken a toll on everyone, affecting not only their physical health but also their mental and emotional health.
Coronasomnia: The Latest COVID-related Health Problem
Stress, fear, uncertainty, and the lack of physical connection with loved ones have caused millions of people worldwide to experience what health experts now call “coronasomnia” or “COVID-somnia;” which is the inability to get a good night’s rest because of fear, stress, and the unimaginable changes brought on by the pandemic.
Surveys reveal that “insomnia” was the most-researched word on Google in 2020, and according to health experts, coronasomnia may remain prevalent across different countries as the world continues to grapple with the challenges of living amidst the fear of the pandemic.
What can employers do to help their organization? Here are a few recommendations:
1. Ease workload
De-stressing could help with getting a good night’s rest, so give your employees the time they need to relax and de-stress. You can start by easing their workload. Entrust certain tasks to an outside provider, for instance. Something as simple as letting someone else take care of office calls can already free up significant time for your employees. Consider a professional call answering service that can handle office calls at certain hours of the day.
2. Provide the right tools to complete tasks
Whether it’s an app or software, training or upgraded equipment, providing your organization with the right tools that can help them accomplish tasks and meet deadlines much more easily can help put their minds at ease. In turn, sleep can be more easily achieved knowing there isn’t work for the day that was left unfinished.
3. Avoid after-hours work
Employers must stick to regular work schedules even if their organization is working remotely for the time being. Employees found that work-from-home arrangements made it difficult for them to unplug because something urgent always comes up. Set an example and refrain from contacting your employees after hours. Let them rest after a day’s work. Again, if you need someone to take care of after-hours calls, orders, or other important office tasks, consider outsourcing these. At a time when every sale counts, it’s important to have someone taking orders at wee hours of the morning when everyone from your team is still asleep.