Coronavirus: understanding it's impact on your team

This 'Wellbeing at Work' blog for our corporate supporters focuses on understanding the impact of coronavirus on your team.


Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, are using our 135 years of experience of protecting children from harm and helping people recover from trauma to share some suggestions for our corporate partners of ways to help your team to cope through coronavirus. You make our work possible, thank you for your continued support.

Like most businesses, Children 1st is now looking at adapting to the easing of lockdown restrictions. For our charity team, that’s assessing ways in which colleagues who need to return to our offices can do so safely. For the families we work alongside, it’s thinking about emotional and practical recovery from the effects of Coronavirus and lockdown, reflecting on what we’ve been through and how that may affect our future.


Today’s tips for sharing with your team:

  • Understanding fight, flight or freeze responses
  • Checking in with your team
  • Recording this time

Understanding fight, flight or freeze responses

The Coronavirus crisis and lockdown has had a huge impact on how we all live our lives. One day you might be feeling positive and productive, and other days you might feel so overwhelmed with worry that you just want to run away. This is all completely normal! Hannah from our children and families support team has created a video to talk us through the different ways that our body responds to stress - fight, flight or freeze. Share this with your team – we’re sure most people will be able to relate.

Checking in with your team

Setting time aside to regularly check in with your team members is a great way to foster resilience in the workplace. Using some of the tools we’ve featured before to start these sessions can help to open up dialogue about how people are feeling. It’s important to reflect on the positive, as well as the negative. Since lockdown, what are some things people have achieved that they didn’t expect? What are they proud of? What practices would they like to continue, or build on? What will they be glad to see the back of? Have there been any lessons about how your team works that you can keep in mind when lockdown restrictions ease?


Recording this time

Many of us have had to be innovative and creative during this time, whether in our personal or professional lives, when we’re in that ‘fight’ mode we’ve probably come up with some fantastic ideas and solutions! Similarly, we’ve all had some dark times and some challenges. One way of processing these experiences is to record them. Something to discuss with your team is their ideas about how to do this. You could create a word cloud (we think Zoom calls might feature heavily!), write a blog post, draw or paint a picture, or create a memory jar where you write down one thing that happened each day that you can reflect on later. This is a great exercise to try with children too and a good way to acknowledge things that are difficult, that you can talk about later when you’re feeling more calm.

Don’t forget – you’re invited!

Children 1st believe that together we can build a better normal which supports children, families and communities to repair, recover and become stronger. Join us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or LinkedIn, on Tuesday 16 June at 7pm to hear our Chief Executive Mary Glasgow in conversation with colleagues from our Children and Family Services, Family Group Decision Making and Money Advice Service.


Thank you for your continued support. We hope you found these tips useful and enjoy sharing them with your teams. We hope you can join us on the 16th June and look forward to sharing next week’s ‘Wellbeing at Work’ edition with you all soon.

Take care and stay safe,

Team Children 1st