Wellbeing and mental health in the workplace has been dismissed by many for a long time. The issues and causes of poor mental health have not been at the forefront of business leaders’ thoughts. Thankfully things have moved forward significantly in recent years due to the rise in awareness and the “new” office initiatives like those at Google. Office environments are now carefully designed with the employees in mind, and new initiatives such as flexible working options are available to suit the needs of individuals.
There are many ways that mental health can be positively affected and improved in the workplace. This blog aims to give a few ideas on how to do this.
Invest in a 24/7 independent support line
Having an independent support line is a great way to allow employees to talk to a non-objective person external to the business. Providing this option will go a long way and create a broader support network.
Be open and regularly talk about mental health
Whether this is done in one-to-one meetings or discussed with teams, it will go a long way. Normalising conversations about mental health may make it easier for people to speak up and raise concerns.
Be compassionate and flexible to personal circumstances
Showing compassion and being receptive to people’s concerns will show employees that you care and are willing to make small sacrifices to ensure they get the help they need. Simply allowing someone to take extra leave for personal circumstances or changing working hours to accommodate can make all the difference.
Find opportunities to recognise & praise employees
Showing recognition and praising employees can lift someone’s self-esteem. Doing this can create conversation and build more open working relationships.
Monthly motivational and wellbeing sessions
Holding sessions and investing in personal development is a great way to improve mental health in the workplace. Awaydays create team bonding opportunities and a forum to discuss how things are going, allowing for ideas on improvements. Wellbeing sessions allow people to reflect and learn new ways to improve and learn new ways to self-care.
If you would like to know more about the initiatives or how you could adapt them to your business, please get in touch.
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