Ideas for supporting employee’s mental health in and out of the workplace
Understand your workforce
To have the happiest and most productive employees, there is now a great deal of focus on their mental health. A happy and confident team makes for a healthy business but being aware of any potential health issues is pivotal not only to the stability of your workforce but also your employees as individuals.
Knowing your people is the best way of being able to spot when challenges are causing an employee any distress.
Regular communication & informal catch ups
Never disregard how important it is to have informal catch ups with your staff. Not inhibited to work related issues, it is always worth spending some time deciphering how your colleagues feel. Many charities suggest a system of traffic lights that enable managers to identify when an employee may be feeling the pressure of either internal or external circumstances. An employer that takes an interest in supporting their staff, will always get the best out of them. We are no longer in the situation where people are expected to suffer in silence.
Don’t underestimate how much a regular check in will positively impact on your colleagues.
Make the Time to Change Pledge
Charities like Time to Change and Mind are active throughout Britain and they are making waves in business to support their colleagues properly when it comes to good mental health. Providing valuable advice and guidance for employers, these charities also offer workplace mental health training and support. The mission for both is to challenge the stigma around mental health in the workplace as well as committing to take mental health disorders seriously and supporting staff.
Once your business has signed the pledge, hang it around your office loud and proud, so visitors and colleagues are all aware.
Helping your employees to help themselves is a way to keep ahead of any problems that may arise. Compiling a toolkit full of literature, and meet with your team to discuss techniques, tools and mechanisms in times of stress.
Ask if people are ok
Survey your employees anonymously. A wellbeing and happiness survey will help benchmark how people feel and what pressures they are under. Not only will you be able to see where you are doing well, but also areas that need attention will be flagged.
Be the leader that you needed
Think about what you needed when you were in your employee’s shoes. Inspire and support your team to ensure that they are comfortable, happy and productive. Lead your team well, and they will follow.
Who did you need when you first entered the office? Be that person.