3 tips to improve mental health in the workplace
Your first thought when considering the health of your employees is likely to be related to their physical well-being. But the mental wellness of employees is just as important. Poor mental health can have a significant impact on employee productivity, enjoyment at work, and the impact on overall morale of staff and visitors.
It is your duty as a responsible employer to protect the mental health of your employees. In this post, we'll look at some simple steps you can take to do this.
According to the World Health Organization, health refers to a person's overall physical, mental, and social well-being, as opposed to only being free from illness or disability. In other words, a person in good mental health should be able to work efficiently and contribute to their workplace, not just by being physically fit, but mentally too.
Mental illness is a prevalent problem, especially for males. Up to 1 in 4 people will have mental health concerns at some point in their lives, and this figure will likely rise. Among the most prevalent mental health conditions, anxiety and/or depression affect about 1 in 10 people.
What can be done to improve the mental wellness of people at work?
You can't supervise every facet of your employees' lives as a manager, and they wouldnt want you to do that. However, there are a few things that can be done to improve the physical and mental health of everyone in the office:
Mental risk assessments
By performing a wellness assessment for all staff, you can get a better understanding of how your workplace affects the mental health of your employees.
Be adaptable to different employee needs
Some seemingly insignificant adjustments or requirements of staff may seem, well, insignfincant. However, different staff have different requirements and even small ones, if not catered too, will in some cases have a significant effect on employee mental health.
Maintain clear and open channels of communication for all employees
Encourage open and honest discussions about mental health among coworkers, as well as with any line managers and/or supervisors. This is crucial for all staff across all departments to ensure harmony throughout the entire business.
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