Awareness of mental wellbeing has exploded over the last year. It’s driving companies and HR teams to acknowledge, support and integrate tools which can help employees cope with stress, effectively and successfully.
In 2016, 15.8 million working days were lost in the UK due to mental health issues. A 2017 report claimed 60% of employees have experienced a mental health problem due to work or work was a contributing factor at some point in their career.
However, with the increase in awareness of mental wellbeing, companies are starting to understand the physical and mental state of their employees. By using initiatives which encompass the employees’ working environment to open discussion opportunities, companies are understanding the benefits of healthier, motivated and focused staff.
Supporting and encouraging positive health and mental wellbeing needs to be engrained into a company’s culture. It should not stop at the strategy development stages. To help tackle the causes of work-related mental health problems and promote wellbeing in the workplace, Mind, a leading charity for mental health and wellbeing developed an informative step by step guide. Focusing on the working environment, line managers and HR professionals; the guide provides a collection of informative yet useful tips in maximising your workforce’s mental wellbeing.
Here is a synopsis of the guide to help start the process of promoting mental wellbeing and supporting your staff’s mental and physical health in the workplace:
Employees want to feel that they can communicate honestly and openly. Integrating an open-door policy will help strengthen and support engagement from the onset. Try to implement transparent communication through all platforms; helping promote and encourage staff to share and respond respectively.
For an open-door policy to work it is crucial to give leaders adequate training and guidance to help support employees. This ensures that leaders are equipped to advise employees and proactively manage work-related factors that may contribute to poor mental wellbeing. Send a clear message to your staff that their health and wellbeing matters!
Flexible hours not only encourage a more dynamic working schedule but can allow for a more balanced and healthier lifestyle. Integrate and demonstrate behaviours which encourage motivation and social support within your team through flexible schedules. Encourage staff to work sensible hours, take full lunch breaks and recuperate after busy periods. Senior leaders should role model these positive behaviours where possible.
Look after yourself. Always try to ensure you maintain a healthy lifestyle, access social support and develop resilient thinking. If you can lead by example, staff will soon follow and adapt.
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