Working is, well, just work, and even if you enjoy it, it can be stressful. With more and more people on the media talking about their struggles with mental health and the importance of looking after it, you may be wondering what you can do as an employer to ensure that your employees are able to maintain good mental well-being. That’s why I’ll share a few tips on exactly how to do this.
- People in power and managerial positions are the ones that have the opportunities to destigmatise mental health struggles, and the best way to do this is to share your own difficulties with mental health. When a manager does this, those who work for them are more likely to be open about their own problems. This can create a culture of openness and honesty in the workplace which has numerous benefits.
- Just as you are modelling how to be open about talking about mental health, you should model healthy behaviours that encourage healthy mental wellbeing. This includes prioritising self-care and setting boundaries so that you avoid over-stretching yourself.
- Check in regularly with your employees to ask how they are doing. This is a proven way of reducing struggles with mental wellbeing among employees so be sure to do it. If someone is having a hard time and needs a break from work, you could even send them a self-care hamper. This could even be a good gift idea for all of your employees at the end of a big work project. Visit Team Gifts to buy great hampers for your colleagues.
- Offer flexibility to help people preserve the boundaries that they need. This prevents feelings of bitterness, lack of trust or of not being respected how they’d like. This could mean not making someone work on a day that you had told them they could have off.
Hopefully these tips will help you create and maintain a work environment that encourages healthy mental wellbeing and self-care, so that you and your employees can give the best that you can to do your jobs.