Since we spend the majority of our adult lives at work, it is vital that employers provide sufficient employee mental health & well-being support and create a work environment that is conducive to happy, healthy employees.
According to a recent study by the mental health charity Mind, 60% of workers think that if their employer made steps to support their health and well-being at work, it would increase their motivation and the likelihood that they would recommend their company as a great place to work. And if you like stats, according to further, poor mental health costs UK employers between £33 billion and £42 billion a year. Considering these significant costs, it would seem beneficial to invest in the well-being of your employees.
So, what can managers and leaders do? There’s no magic answer, implementing some simple steps will go a long way, here’s a few ideas.
Encourage continuous learning
This not only increases skills and knowledge, but also boosts employee engagement and collaboration.
Create a mentor scheme
Mentoring schemes not only encourage employees to learn from each other, they also promote healthy collaboration and cross function working.
Providing a safe space for innovation and creativity can often give a shot in the arm for some. Harness this eagerness and don’t be afraid to fail.
Taking on too much at once can actually hinder progress. Encourage your teams to switch off the emails and divert the phones when they need to focus on an important task or project.
Promote a work/life balance
Put the smart phone down! If you can’t put it down, then limit the notifications in the evening and at weekends. Promote a positive way of working and don’t expect people to answer your emails out of hours. Also, look at ways to encourage a better balance, offer flexible working hours / hybrid working models, encouraging regular breaks, reviewing employee’s workloads and have managers and leaders focus on employee’s productivity and output rather than the number of hours they work.
Provide an EAP
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) provide employees with a platform where they can seek help regarding personal or work-related issues that may be negatively affecting their work performance.
Make recognition the norm
Probably the simplest but the one often overlooked. Showing appreciation and recognising employee effort is one of the easiest ways to increase engagement. They’ve done a good, tell them!
Ask and question
If you don’t ask, you don’t know. Ask your teams about their mental health and how best to improve their wellbeing. Showing an interest goes a long way.
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