World Mental Health Day is coming up on the 10th of October this year and, unfortunately, a lot of employees and employers are experiencing difficult times and uncertainty this year. That’s why we’ve put together some ways you can actively support mental health in the workplace. Mental health issues in the workplace can lead to increased absent days, decreased productivity levels, reduced profits as well as an increase in potential costs to deal with issues that could have been better resolved or supported. More importantly, poor mental health means an unhappy workplace for both employees and employers!
Here are three easy ways you can support mental health in the workplace…
- Encourage more open conversations in the workplace
This is a great way to promote a healthy work culture and ensure that mental health is not considered a ‘taboo’ subject at work. There are several ways you can encourage more open conversations in the workplace, such as choosing an afternoon to complete group workplace activities relating to mental health or inviting a mental health specialist to speak on the subject.
- Check-in regularly with employees
If you are concerned that an employee is struggling or acting out of character, it might be a good idea to check in with the employer one to one. This private setting, whether in person or via Zoom call, may help if they are experiencing feelings of shame or embarrassment.
As managers and employers, there are often times when you need to have difficult conversations with employees. For example, a staff member may need to be addressed for unexplained absent days or disciplinaries. At Spire HR, we can support employers during these sensitive and sometimes tricky conversations should you need our advice or guidance.
- Point your employees in the right direction
Although we can try our best, we can’t solve all the problems in the world and there might be someone better suited to support employees who may be struggling. If an employee has confided in you, you could speak to HR professionals like ourselves or advise your employee to speak to their GP or a mental health organisation.
We hope our tips have helped! For more information, advice, or support please feel free to get in touch with one of our team who would be happy to help:
Tel: 01925 626253