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Training to protect the psychological wellbeing and safety of remote workers

Managers and leaders learn skills to support the mental health of their remote team members, whilst protecting their own wellbeing 

Our training courses are currently being delivered in a live, virtual, interactive format, in addition to onsite face-to-face training where appropriate. All of our training is facilitated by experienced subject experts.

Course Context

As many people continue to work remotely because of COVID-19 safety precautions, managers and leaders are faced with the ongoing challenge of ensuring that their team members are receiving appropriate support to carry out their work effectively and stay mentally healthy. What may have seemed like a temporary spell of remote working in March 2020, has now become the norm for many and managers must think creatively about how they can ensure their employees needs are met.

Evidence shows that a sudden switch to remote working, as opposed to a planned change to work from home, can bring feelings of isolation and disconnection. Remote workers may be juggling home and work demands as their workspace becomes the same place as they relax, eat or even sleep. Often they feel as if they have to work extra hours to prove that they are productive, in the absence of the usual face-to-face reassurance from their manager. In addition to this pressure, many have been exposed to trauma, grief and uncertainty due to the pandemic.

Managers are in the unique position to provide reassurance and guidance to remote workers, but they also need to consider the impact on their own mental wellbeing. This training course builds awareness of how managers can develop skills to support their teams whilst protecting their own mental health.

Duration: This session is delivered virtually over 3 hours

Format: Virtual, live, interactive session

Delegate numbers: 12

Please contact us for information regarding availability and how we can tailor this training to meet your organisation’s requirements.   Specific course objectives can be discussed with the trainer, and the course content can be adapted to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of the delegates.

Who Is It For?

This course is suitable for leaders and managers who are responsible for supporting team members who are either working remotely or under new distancing regulations in the workplace.

Key Outcomes

  • Appreciation of the importance of building trust, focusing on outcomes and avoidance of micro-managing.
  • Importance of encouraging virtual socialising and ensuring people don’t burn out from trying to be as productive as normal.
  • Understanding the most common mental health risks caused or exacerbated by remote working and ways of reducing this level of risk.
  • Increased capacity to spot those struggling and differentiate a ‘bad day’ and a potential mental health issue.
  • Confidence supporting a member of staff with a self-declared mental health condition, including what to do and the actions and conversations that help.

A delegate who attended this training recently commented: 
“I feel more confident tailoring my own behaviours as a manager so I can better support the wellbeing of staff now” 

Course Content

Understanding stress and mental health in the context of Covid-19

  • Resilience and stress: how they relate to mental health and impact of Covid-19
  • Spotting the signs of struggle: what is normal, what might give cause for concern
  • Understanding mental health: causes and management

Helping individuals cope

  • Emotional needs and management support to help ensure these are met during lockdown
  • Building trust and having authentic conversations
  • How to maintain motivation and engagement levels
  • Promoting healthy coping skills: addressing unhealthy coping such as drug and alcohol use
  • Impact of lifestyle on well-being
  • Making use of a Wellness Action Plan
  • Understanding behaviour preferences of individuals and adapting their own behaviours to lead, communicate and support them

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Please get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

We are always happy to talk about our courses and help you to work out the best match for your requirements.


"The quality of the training has been fantastic and our employees are really engaging with the trainer and getting something out of it. Also In Equilibrium makes the whole process very easy to arrange."

— Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer, Sophie Holland

"We wanted to provide a course that taught useful and practical coping strategies that our members could put into place straight away. In Equilibrium’s experience showed us that they could provide this, and they tailored the course perfectly."

— The Association of Electoral Administrators

"In-Equilibrium recently presented Mental Health Awareness to Managers in all of our area offices. The training was really well received and all of the trainers were praised for their in-depth knowledge and understanding."


— Roger Bullivant Limited

"The training was very well received by staff who now all intend to implement the session’s practical tips and techniques into their existing roles. A large proportion of the staff rated the facilitator and their delivery as excellent and their only recommendation was for a further and longer session!"

— Leeds City College

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