The Israel-Palestine conflict has far-reaching impacts, affecting the mental and emotional wellbeing of individuals caused by the ongoing traumatic events in Gaza and Israel. Organisations must recognise the toll this conflict can take on their employee’s wellbeing and know how to provide meaningful support during these challenging times.
Anxiety and Conflict
As we witness the unfolding of shocking events, the repercussions are evident in people experiencing fear, anxiety and emotional distress. The constant exposure to distressing news and uncertain developments can contribute to heightened stress levels, impacting overall mental health.
Reactions and Effects of Conflict
Employees affected by the Israel-Palestine conflict may exhibit various reactions during and after times of conflict, ranging from emotional, physical and behavioural reactions during these trying times.
These reactions can manifest as emotional distress, difficulty maintaining focus on tasks, sleep disturbances, heightened irritability and a sense of isolation. Additionally, concerns about the safety of loved ones or personal connections to the conflict can intensify these emotional challenges.
As an employer, it’s important to recognise how conflict causes mental distress and understand how to respond to these signs to create a safe, supportive and empathetic environment.
Tips to Support Employees During Times of Conflict
Open Communication: Encourage open conversations about the conflict, providing a safe space for employees to express their thoughts and emotions.
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): Remind employees of the emotional support available through the EAP helpline, along with the availability of mental health and wellbeing resources. This service ensures individuals receive confidential assistance, connecting them with qualified counsellors who can provide immediate support.
Flexibility: Consider offering flexible working arrangements to accommodate employees who require support. Flexible and remote working options can help reduce stress and anxiety, whilst the individual balances their personal concerns and work responsibilities.
Media Mindfulness: Being mindful of news consumption is crucial for the wellbeing of your colleagues. Ensure a healthy workplace environment by limiting exposure to news updates within the office and encouraging employees to steer clear of the headlines.
Regular Check-Ins: Schedule regular one-to-ones with your employees to assess their mental wellbeing. Checking in provides an opportunity for employees to express their concerns and for employers to offer proactive support.
The mental health and wellbeing of your people is our priority and support is available. By implementing these tips, employers can create a supportive and empathetic culture that prioritises the mental health and wellbeing of their people during times of conflict.
To learn more about how PAM Wellbeing can offer support to your organisation during these challenging times, please get in touch today.