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How to Promote Mental Health in the Workplace

How to Promote Mental Health in the Workplace Clear Review Blog

Even though research con­duct­ed by Mind found that at least one in six employ­ees expe­ri­ence anx­i­ety or depres­sion at some point, men­tal health is still the ele­phant in the office. Any num­ber of sit­u­a­tions can trig­ger these neg­a­tive emo­tions, from stress at work caused by tox­ic rela­tion­ships, angry clients or tight dead­lines to prob­lems at home, like finan­cial wor­ries and addic­tions. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, with­out good man­age­ment, these feel­ings can have a mas­sive impact on your employ­ees’ thoughts, per­for­mance, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and even their abil­i­ty to main­tain a safe work environment. 

Busi­ness­es that address these issues head on and go out of their way to ensure every team mem­ber feels val­ued and sup­port­ed ben­e­fit from hap­pi­er staff, bet­ter morale, low­er turnover rates, and ulti­mate­ly, an upturn in prof­its. So here are three key points every man­ag­er needs to keep in mind to pro­mote men­tal health in the workplace.

1. Fos­ter a Cul­ture of Sup­port and Openness

Employ­ees take their cues from how their lead­ers behave, so to break the stig­ma of men­tal health in the work­place, you must be will­ing to open up and dis­cuss your own per­son­al strug­gles. By build­ing a safe envi­ron­ment where peo­ple feel com­fort­able enough to reach out to the high­er-ups and ask for sup­port, you’re already well on track to devel­op­ing a health­i­er workplace. 

Anoth­er way you can fos­ter open­ness in your com­pa­ny is to edu­cate your man­agers by train­ing them to spot the signs of a poten­tial men­tal health prob­lem and how to respond appro­pri­ate­ly. Also, encour­age them to hold reg­u­lar one-to-one meet­ings with their team to dis­cuss both work-relat­ed obsta­cles and any oth­er chal­lenges they might be strug­gling with out­side of the job. Help­ing some­one find a solu­tion to their con­cerns ear­ly on pre­vents them from snow­balling lat­er down the line.

2. Main­tain a Healthy Work-Life Balance 

The bound­aries between home life and work are becom­ing ever more blurred, espe­cial­ly since the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic caused a sig­nif­i­cant shift in the num­ber of peo­ple work­ing remote­ly. Below are a few ideas on how to pre­vent your employ­ees from burn­ing out: 

  • Ensure all man­agers are real­is­tic in their demands and aren’t over­stretch­ing their team, as this might make them think they need to work extra hours, dur­ing lunch breaks or on weekends. 

  • Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty can’t run on an emp­ty tank, so remind your staff to take their annu­al leave — this is valu­able time for them to relax and recharge.

  • Use per­for­mance man­age­ment soft­ware to set clear goals and deliv­er­ables. This helps your employ­ees under­stand your expec­ta­tions and enables your man­agers to track progress and keep an eye out for problems.

3. Encour­age Per­son­al and Pro­fes­sion­al Growth 

As depres­sion and low self-worth often derive from bore­dom and a lack of pro­gres­sion, offer your team per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties as often as pos­si­ble. There are hun­dreds of cost-effec­tive ways busi­ness­es can encour­age learn­ing, includ­ing organ­is­ing talks from a spe­cial­ist, skill-swap­ping ses­sions, job-shad­ow­ing, or sim­ply sched­ul­ing time in the day where staff can com­plete online cours­es or explore new ideas.

Cre­at­ing a cul­ture of col­lab­o­ra­tion, team­work and infor­ma­tion-shar­ing across dif­fer­ent depart­ments is not only a bril­liant way to help your employ­ees gain con­fi­dence and dis­cov­er hid­den tal­ents, but you’re also strength­en­ing your work­force and secur­ing the longevi­ty of your business.

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