A burning issue of our times

Blog from Dr Tracey Leghorn, Chief Human Resources Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

The country is braced for the peak of the winter wave of Covid-19, and concerned not only by the rising toll of casualties, but also the inordinate pressure on NHS staff. As managers and HR professionals, we too need to be mindful of the toll on the mental health of our own people, now more than ever.

A lot of us struggle at this time of year, anyway, due to a variety of factors, including the dark, often inclement weather. January is traditionally associated with a spike in low mood, depression and demotivation among society and thus employees. This is compounded by ever increasing workloads and the potential for burnout.