Aussie brand Bonds has been applauded on social media after it announced it was giving its staff a day off for their mental health.
In a post shared on Facebook it said its support and distribution centres would be closed for one day on Monday to give staff a well-earned rest.
“Today, we’ll be turning on our ‘out of office’ as our Support & Distribution Centres close for one day to give team members a well-earned day off to rest and care for themselves,” the post said.
“This includes our customer service and social teams. Stores will remain open where permitted.”
RELATED: Boss’ jail fears over Covid-19 jab
The post attracted more than 1600 likes, with users commenting they were impressed by Bond’s initiative to look after staff.
“What a great idea. Shows you really care about staff,” wrote one woman.
“Great initiative, hopefully many others follow your lead,” another woman commented.
“Wow Wow wow. Bonds I salute you – more places should do this. So great to see an organisation taking such care of its staff at this time,” one user said.
Others were quick to ask how they could get a job with the retailer, while others said they were working in the wrong place.
It comes as other employers try to help out staff during lockdown. Bosses have been sending out ‘Covid-19 care packages’ which includes items like chocolate, flowers and even jigsaw puzzles, to be delivered to the doorsteps of their workers.
RELATED: Google slashes pay for staff who WFH
Meanwhile, NAB and the Commonwealth Bank have given their workers an additional 10 days of paid “pandemic leave” for Covid-related needs like isolating, getting tested or vaccinated, or home schooling needs.
Likewise, Westpac has given workers affected by lockdown the opportunity to spend $100 on items or gift vouchers.
While the mental toll of the pandemic can be overwhelming for many, Rachael Murrihy, a clinical psychologist and director of the Kidman Centre UTS, says there are simple steps we can follow each day to survive lockdown.
Having a routine gives us comfort and it gives us stability which was important, said Dr Murrihy.
“You can take charge of what you can control through your routine and do a number of things throughout your day that give you structure and predictability,” she said.
“Each day you want to be doing something that gives you mastery, like cleaning out the cupboard or exercise. And one thing that brings you pleasure, like watching a movie, having a coffee and a chat on the phone.
“Social connection is so important. We know that talking to others makes us feel better, so it’s about reaching out. If you can do that to someone who might need some help, we know people get a benefit out of that.”
Originally Appeared Here