Webinar to address back to work concerns

Dr Clare Kambamettu
Damien McCarthy

THE Kerry Mental Health Association and Tralee Chamber Alliance are to host a back to work webinar next week to help address any worries or anxieties experienced by employers and employees returning after the pandemic.

The free Zoom event, at 10am on Wednesday, May 19, will offer expert advice from clinical psychologist Dr Clare Kambamettu and human resources consultant Damien McCarthy.

General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, said a positive milestone has now been reached on the long journey through the Covid-19 pandemic.

“More people are being vaccinated, restrictions are being lifted and the economy is reopening. It’s important, however, to consider the anxiety and worry that this phase might cause some employers and employees to feel at this time,” he said.

“They may well want to return to work but doing so may feel daunting and present a challenge to their mental wellbeing. We hope this webinar will help them to cope as we move forward,” Mr Drummey added

Dr Clare Kambamettu, a former Rose of Tralee winner, will focus on the psychological impact for employees and employers who will be going back into the workplace after a prolonged period working from home or not working at all.

John Drummey
Ken Tobin

Damien McCarthy, founder and CEO of HRBuddy.ie, will share advice that may ease workplace Covid-related concerns about vaccines, annual leave and the potential desire for some to continue working from home.

This is a time of transition and Tralee Chamber Alliance and the entire network of Chambers in Kerry say they want to play their part in ensuring the transition is sensitive to the mental health needs of the returning workforce.

The CEO of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Ken Tobin, said the webinar will be very beneficial to employers and management tasked with supporting their employees on a return to the workplace over the coming weeks and months.

The one-hour event will help to support people with some practical advice to relieve the anxiety of returning to work and helping to rebuild staff morale and teamwork.