Who looks after HR’s health and well-being?

Who looks after HR’s health and well-being?

We all know we must look after our health and well-being if we are going to remain happy, productive and fulfilled in our jobs. But when it comes to specific functions and roles in the workplace, who looks after the HR professionals and ensures they haven’t taken on too much?

Over the last 20 months, HR professionals and teams have had to learn new legislation at lightning speed – often over the weekend or late into the evening, ready to advise managers and business owners on the Monday morning.

HR challenges during the pandemic

A recent survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Workday, revealed the main homeworking challenges for HR professionals during Covid have been:

  • Supporting employees’ mental health and well-being (55%)
  • Building organisational culture and values (48%)
  • Managing performance (46%)

It’s not surprising that mental health and well-being tops the list but while HR teams and individuals have been busy supporting employees, it’s likely they have put their own health and wellness last.

HR professionals have been truly thrown in at the deep end in recent months, adjusting to new working environments and evolving legislation whilst acting in the best interests of the business and employees. Being left to sink, swim or simply tread water, has been exhausting for many who have found it difficult to balance existing pressures with new responsibilities and an unpredictable landscape.

Who looks after HR's health and well-being. Blocks of wood depict an image of an office worker as a line drawing to depict how often people are thought of as puzzle pieces and not human beings.

Dangers of the current HR landscape

  1. The CIPD’s People Profession 2021 survey found that 61% of HR and people professionals up-skilled or re-skilled  as a result of their organisation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In a separate global survey, 71% of HR professionals in the UK, US and Australia, reported that 2020 was the most stressful year of their career.
  • Further research showed that 34% of the profession were experiencing lower energy than usual and a further 50% experienced energy and mood fluctuation which.

Who supports the support?

As a fellow HR professional, I realised that while HR looks after everyone else, we don’t always look after ourselves. Remember when we used to go on holiday, the message on the safety briefing said: “Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others.” 

However in such extraordinary and pressured circumstances, we were forced into reactive mode to ensure our teams ran as smoothly and safely as they could. At some point, we need to recharge, or we will burn out.

Build resilience and improve your well-being

I have developed a coaching programme specifically for HR professionals, focusing on building a resilient mindset in order to thrive – not just survive.

The 6-session programme is delivered over a period of 3 months, with each session lasting around 90 mins:

  1. Self-Awareness Profile:  Strengths and Communication Styles
  2. Vision:  Purpose, Values and Goals
  3. Resilience: Reasoning, Emotions, Boundaries & Tenacity
  4. Health and Well-being: Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep & Community
  5. Develop a Success Mindset
  6. Create a Plan to Succeed Your Goals

Delivered remotely, these coaching sessions are for HR professionals who love what they do, but need that extra support to ensure they can continue to deliver exceptional results without the job affecting their personal and emotional well-being, family life and relationships.

Our jobs should support our lives; we should not live to support our jobs.

With the right tools, techniques and processes, you will find balance and fulfilment once again and be able to navigate the constant changes our profession is still undergoing.

For more information email julie@yourcoachandmentor.co.uk

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