We’re back with more suggestions on how you can promote good mental health as a leader in the workplace!
The old-school approach to dealing with mental health issues at work is to pretend that it doesn’t exist. However, this is a detrimental mindset. According to studies, people who pretend to be okay are less likely to love their jobs. If you want your employees to stick around and continue to be productive team members, they need mental health support when they’re struggling.
Training managers can help employees identify and support those who may be struggling. They can then help them develop effective strategies to help them manage their issues. For instance, offering flexible work hours or referring them to an employee assistance program may be enough to help. This helps employees feel supported and confident enough to seek support, without fear of losing their job in the process.
Before open enrollment, make sure that you regularly promote the availability of community resources and mental health benefits. Also, encourage your executives to talk about the importance of having an inclusive culture. To help employees learn more about resilience and mental health, you can also hold workshops. Having conversations about mental health frequently and reminding employees of the resources available to them will help reduce the stigma around mental health struggles and help employees feel comfortable asking for help if they need it.
Encourage Wellbeing Practices
To help your team members improve their well-being, you can also encourage them to regularly participate in healthy lifestyle activities and take time out for themselves. You can also show them that you value their well-being by providing perks that include healthy food and water. You can also create opportunities for your team members to build strong connections by holding social events and hosting online message boards. Employee wellbeing stretches beyond what they do at the office, so encourage healthy self-care practices and a good work-life balance.
Having a positive work environment can help employees feel more resilient and productive. It can also help them feel like they’re not working in isolation. Implementing these practices might not eliminate mental health challenges on your team, but it can help employees be more open about their struggles and more likely to see help before their mental health begins to negatively affect their lives.