None of us saw this coming… the COVID-19 pandemic has come from nowhere to disrupt life as we know it.
When we celebrated the dawn of a New Year on 1 January 2020, nobody could foresee that a major health threat, a global economic recession and drastic new measures on how we live our lives were just a couple of months down the line.
We realise that COVID-19 is posing great challenges to all of us, and it is normal to feel anxious, stressed and disrupted during such a period of rapid change. The mental side-effects of the pandemic and constantly changing environment can influence our enjoyment of life and our performance at work.
At Knauf Australia we want to be sure that all employees remain safe and well during this time – not only physically, but mentally too.
We are already communicating to you the safety measures that are imposed at all sites to minimise your risk of exposure to the coronavirus. The purpose of this page is to inform you that help is available to remain mentally and emotionally safe, and to help you to stay focused and calm during this time.
Please don’t underestimate the mental and emotional effects the COVID-19 crisis can have, and make use of the following resources when you feel the need to:
Questions for Knauf
- If you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19, make use of our dedicated email address to communicate with the Exec team, HR or WHS: email@example.com.
- To access updates to our customers posted on our website, click here.
Support for you and your family
- Knauf has partnered with AccessEAP to provide mental health and wellbeing support to you and your family. Register on their website and download the app for access to a range of services, including recorded meditations, specialty consultation and counselling and a range of support services that relate specifically to COVID-19. You can also contact them on 1800 81 87 28 to book a consultation or for immediate support.
- Lifeline is available 24/7 at 13 11 14 to all Australians experiencing a personal crisis. It provides 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
- BeyondBlue has put together a special site with resources to help you to look after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. You can also contact them on 1300 22 4636.
- The Australian Psychological Society has put together a page with free information sheets to help Australians cope with the psychological demands of the pandemic.
- Headspace provides help for young people who are affected by stress related to COVID-19, and they have created a dedicated page with links to online resources.
Support for working remotely
A large part of our workforce is now working remotely, and we realise that the change can create its own unique challenges. You may find it hard to combine your home life with your professional life, or you may have young children at home who make it hard to focus on your work. You may also feel isolated and miss the social interaction with your workmates.
- The Knauf Group compiled a set of tips for working remotely.
- The Conversation has created A survival guide for staying at home, including tips on how to maintain physical fitness at home and ideas for spending your free time constructively.
We will keep you updated with handy resources, the latest information, or any changes that may arise from new Government announcements.
Stay focused. Stay calm. Stay safe.
You are not alone. We will get through this together!
- Also read our article When you find it hard to bounce back.