Mental health can impact our lives in many aspects, including our work lives. As such, it makes sense for employers to care about the mental well-being of their staff. To take proactive steps to help them improve their mental health in general.
Nowadays, companies need to acknowledge the importance of workplace well-being. “89% of employees at companies that support well-being efforts are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work.” Although it is always encouraged to discuss mental health at work, for many of us it can still be extremely difficult to talk to managers about how we are feeling. We most often try our best to ensure that we carry on as normal and keep quiet about how we are truly feeling. Keeping a mental health condition hidden at work could make you feel isolated and intensify your feelings.
Today, most mental health professionals agree that the workplace environment can have a significant impact on an individual’s mental well-being. Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act!
Luckily, there are many things employers can do, both big and small-to positively impact employee mental health. Here are some helpful examples:
- Encourage employees to take little breaks: This is a small way for employers to encourage activity. Walking can be invigorating. Staying physically healthy can positively impact your mental health.
- Consider adding plants to the workspace: Adding greenery can make the environment seem more inviting and comforting.
- Give employees enough autonomy: this way they will feel more trusted.
- Offer opportunities to be social: but make sure they remain optional!
- Recognize employees’ hard work: Show that they are appreciated.
- Avoid employee burnout: You can do this by routinely assessing employee workload and taking steps to keep it in balance.
What other steps has your organization taken to positively influence employee mental well-being? What has worked for you?