Containment measures, the fear of contagion, the transformation of work environments or the climate of uncertainty are some of the factors that affect our emotional well-being, gradually increasing stress levels in the population. Recognizing this, Cigna has launched a new global information campaign, “ Stress 1.5: Check-In ”, with the aim of preventing work-related stress and raising awareness among companies of the importance of taking care of the emotional health of their staff, by creating a culture of support based on permanent contact (“check-ins”).
This initiative of Cigna responds to its firm commitment to support and provide any entity with the tools and solutions necessary to ensure the integral health of its workforce, focusing in particular in recent years on mental and psychological well-being at work. As a result of this commitment, and given the enormous impact that the health crisis is having, the insurer provides organizations with a wide variety of tools and useful resources in order to help control high levels of stress. that currently exist. affect the population.
According to the latest wave of surveys conducted by Cigna for its latest study, “COVID-19 GlobalImpact”, in August this year, 8 out of 10 people around the world admitted to being stressed. In the specific case of Spain, this figure corresponds to 73%. These figures reflect the growing importance of the corporate sector by paying particular attention to the emotional state of its teams by periodically performing “ check-ins ” of their well-being, in order to detect any signs of stress. and foster peer support. Failure to take a proactive approach to management may cause this problem to persist over time and lead to other more serious health problems, such as anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes.
“Through this initiative, we want to make our contribution in the fight against stress, one of the main risk factors for physical and mental health in the 21st century, by helping to reduce the impact of chronic diseases linked to its condition. . . While we know that organizations are already aware of this problem, we want them to be able to proactively address it with their models. In this sense, we believe that an essential part is to promote continuous contact between colleagues, or what we have called “check-ins”. And it is only by having an open and constant conversation with others that it will be possible to know first-hand the problems they face in the work environment, to offer them a solution and to help them. normalize subjects which, until not long ago, were considered taboo, such as stress or depression. “, explains Juan Jos Montes, CEO of CignaEspaa.
‘Stress 1.5: Check-In’ is the second part of the stress prevention campaign that the health insurer launched exactly one year ago, with the help of StressVisualizationExperiencebyCigna, a tool that allows you to know, assess and visualize employee stress levels, combining biomedical data analysis and digital art. Thus, while during the first phase Cigna set out to make companies aware of the importance of measuring stress and controlling this problem in their workforce, in this second phase the objective is that it be the employees themselves. the same ones who yourself recognize the importance of managing your own stress levels, inviting your peers, family and close friends to do so as well, which is especially important given the climate of uncertainty in which we currently live , with a high percentage of employees working remotely.
“The role of organizations as one of the key players in health care and workforce well-being has been strengthened by the health crisis. For this reason, through this initiative, we want to make the business sector aware of the importance of being closer than ever to its employees, albeit virtually, and to offer them the necessary tools to achieve this, ”concludes the CEO of the insurance company in Spain. .
What resources and support tools are available?
Cigna’s awareness campaign will revolve around ‘TheCignaCheck-In’, a collection of resources and support tools of all kinds that includes:
“ TheCignaCheck-In ” and “ Howto ” video series, in which Cigna experts and other healthcare and business professionals offer their take on the situation, give practical advice and explain why convert contacting others in a daily habit can help reduce stress to manageable levels. Specialized content kit, consisting of guides and white papers with rigorous information approved by Cigna experts, so that employees and managers know exactly what stress is, its consequences and why it is important to perform regular check-ups with others to reduce stress. impact. Specifically, this content kit includes:
– Resources for organizations: useful tools are included for monitoring employees or managing changes that may occur in the work environment or in the personal lives of your teams.
– Resources for employees: Tips for performing “check-ins” with colleagues, friends and family are included, as well as solutions for managing health well. Some topics covered: what to do if you feel overwhelmed, how to fight against misinformation, how to adapt to the new reality of work, relaxation techniques or advice on a healthy lifestyle.
Online space with articles and resources of interest, including the main findings of the Cigna “ COVID-19 GlobalImpact ” study (with data from the three waves of analyzes carried out: January / May, June and August) or access to the test, via a question questionnaire, estimates the user’s stress level.
In addition to developing this content, the health insurer is carrying out other parallel actions to focus even more on the importance of controlling stress at work. For example, he recently hosted a virtual event with ‘TheEconomist’, in which questions such as what companies can do to ensure the well-being of the workforce today, how to strengthen employee engagement, how to readjust health programs to the current situation or how to help directors and managers take care of their own well-being and, at the same time, that of their employees.
Likewise, you also transfer the idea of ”check-in” to your staff. For example, during their last internal event, “ CignaDay 2020 ”, they launched the “ Checking-InonCigna ” action, an initiative through which each employee had to devote a few minutes of their time to contact two of their colleagues and share together how they felt and what their main concerns were.