Georgiana Andrei, Regina Maria: Wellbeing, mental health, screening programs – all are important and help employees go through the pandemic

Aurel Constantin 05/04/2021 | 17:28

Health is on everyone`s mind and health-safety has been the most important over the past year. Companies gave a lot of thought on how to keep employees safe and the testing area, either PCR or anti-gen was of high-interest for HR people, said Georgiana Andrei, Corporate Sales Director at Regina Maria at Business Review’s #futureofwork – Working Romania HR Conference.

 

“Testing is no more a trend, but a background for everyday activity. Companies will continue to look for ways to keep employees safe. They are now looking at office spaces and how to redesign them in order to secure a hybrid way of working, with people partially returning to the office,” said Georgiana Andrei.

“The second area of ​​great interest for companies was related to the fact that they wanted to keep the health-stress away from employees. Companies begun to wonder: what can I do more for employees, should we give them more complex packages or packages for the family, so that people do not get stressed when it comes to the health of their family members. This area of ​​physical health has been very important to HR people.”

“After the physical health issue was addressed, companies went to wellbeing and mental health. Any HR representative is focused on finding ways to make this period easier for the employees, both in physical health and in wellbeing. A trend noticed in recent months, when hopes to end the pandemic started to appear with the vaccination campaign, is related to the prevention area.”

“During the last year, we have cared less about prevention and only went to the doctor when we needed to. I saw a study that says here in Romania, in 2020, there are 40,000 diagnoses of cancer missing. This means that there are currently 40,000 sick people who do not know they are sick. So we have seen companies putting more and more emphasis on prevention and trying to raise awareness of going to the doctor for prevention, but also looking for screening programs for the employees.”

“When we talk about wellbeing, the mental health has an important space. It is very important to succeed in changing behaviors. You can give people specific remedies or training, but it is better when you have an `umbrella` under which people can find ways to even help each other.  We have an older project, but it has now caught on, called Corporate Sano, through which we are trying to do two things. First of all, to offer an `umbrella`, so that people can find ways to help each other. We measure intensively the area of ​​engagement and how it makes employees talk about this topic, how we help managers to identify people who are not only stressed, but are on the brink of burnout. Then, the measurement part is very important and how you create an environment in which you not only provide some instruments, but also make sure that people use them.”

“We try to be connected to all the concerns of HR people to understand how we can build more suitable products for them. For example, we had a Help Line that people could call and talk to a therapist for 15 minutes. Then it went to the psychotherapy side. A year later, we are in the third wave of the pandemic and the trend is changing again.”

“A Microsoft study said that we need to get used to this type of hybrid work and that leaders are still a little disconnected from the needs of the workforce. They showed that over 40% of employees want to change jobs next year, which is quite a lot. Our role is to be connected with the needs of the people and companies and to realize that the mental health area is not here in the short term, but on the contrary, it will be here in the long term,” concludes Georgiana Andrei.

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