It doesn’t matter on the type of business you have or the industry that you work in, you should be supporting employee mental health in the workplace. Employees spend a great deal of time at work, many in highly stressful and busy environments, so it’s not enough to simply expect them to tackle their mental health struggles alone and during their time off. As an employer, you can benefit both the individual employee and the business as a whole by offering adequate support.
Here’s How You Can Support Employee Mental Health
A lot of employers don’t know where to start when it comes to employee mental health, but being supportive is a lot easier than many people realise.
● Have Tools and Resources Available - A key part of supporting employee mental health is having tools and resources readily available. These should be aimed at a range of different mental health struggles, as well as being up to date. Information about mental health changes regularly, and resources need to reflect the most up to date information.
● Encourage Employees to Speak Openly - Someone struggling with their mental health may feel embarrassed or worried about speaking to others, which is why encouraging the workplace to speak openly and candidly about mental health is important. Not only does this normalise mental health struggles, but it creates an encouraging environment with no stigma.
Supporting Employee Mental Health Can Benefit You
There are a number of benefits that come with supporting employee mental health, many of which are beneficial to the business as a whole. For example, it can boost the overall wellbeing of employees. This often leads to a boost in productivity, an engaged working environment and better morale. After all, happy and relaxed employees are a lot more likely to work hard. It can also lead to a reduced number of sick days taken by those struggling with their mental health, which helps the business to reduce delays which could otherwise be avoided.
By supporting employee mental health, you are benefiting both the business and the individual employee. At The Career Boutique, we connect talented individuals with impressive employers. If you are a professional in search of a new job, we can help. If you are a company in search of new talent, we can help you too. To find out more about The Career Boutique, get in touch.