Unlocking the key to a Thriving Team: Mental Health Support in the Workplace
by Shannon Walsh
09/10/23Back to insights
Some of your employees have depression.
It's a statement that might make you pause, but it's a reality many managers face today. In a world that's more connected than ever, we often forget that the people who show up at work each day are dealing with their own battles beyond the office walls. Depression, anxiety, stress – these are not just buzzwords; they're experiences that touch the lives of your team members every single day.
You hold a unique position of influence and support in your employees' lives. You have the power to make a positive impact on their mental well-being. So, what can you do for your team to create an environment where mental health isn’t just acknowledged, but actively supported?
1. Education and Training
Provide mental health awareness and support training for managers and employees alike. Equip your team with the tools and knowledge they need to recognise signs of distress and offer help. This empowers your staff to be part of the solution.
2. Create a Safe Space
Ensure that your workplace is a safe space for discussions about mental health. Encourage open conversations without judgment. Let your employees know that it's okay to take a mental health day, just as they would for a physical ailment.
3. Offer Resources
Connect your employees with mental health resources and support services. Whether it's access to therapists, access to training or having a mental health first aider in your team - having these resources readily available can make a world of difference.
4. Flexible Policies
Review your company policies and consider flexible work arrangements or time-off options that accommodate mental health needs. A flexible approach can help employees manage their mental well-being effectively.
5. Normalise Self-Care
Promote a culture of self-care. Encourage breaks, physical activity, and mindfulness practices during the workday.
6. Regular Check-Ins
Regular one-on-one check-ins between managers and employees can provide a platform for discussing mental health. It's a chance to listen, offer support, and address any concerns.
7. Monitor Progress
Measure the effectiveness of your mental health initiatives. Collect feedback from your team and make necessary adjustments to continually improve your approach.
In conclusion, supporting your team's mental health is not just the right thing to do; it's also beneficial for your company's productivity and culture. By taking proactive steps to create an inclusive and supportive environment, you can help your employees feel valued, respected, and empowered to manage their mental health effectively.
Collectively, we have the power to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace, forging a more promising and healthier future for your team.