Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Mental health is often seen as a taboo subject, especially in the workplace as employees are afraid to open up as they are scared of the consequences and how it may impact their job going forward.
In today’s age, employees are overworked, stretched to capacity, often feel undervalued and this has the potential to spiral downwards rapidly, which has the potential to hurt your company. Luckily, more and more companies, especially SMEs, are taking the initiative to introduce means to tackle this subject in the workplace.
Below are 5 easy ways to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace:
1. Be flexible with times
Obviously within reason, offer your team some flexibility with their times as and when needed. If you see a team member struggling, by giving them the option to slightly alter their hours, or to work from home, may make all the difference. Sometimes this speaks louder than words and can assist in reducing unnecessary stress, increasing productivity and reducing staff sickness.
2. Offer an EAP
An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a 3rd party service which gives employees access to 24/7 confidential help and advice when they need it most. This service will take off a lot of pressure, whether employees are experiencing personal or work related issues. When employees are down, anxious or experiencing some difficulties, this can severely impact performance, and have a domino effect of negativity within the business.
3. Introduce a wellness initiative
A healthy body often leads to a healthy mind. A strategy to ensuring mentally well employees could be giving the team some time out to focus on themselves, be it with regular Yoga classes at work, a meditation room, or some bootcamp classes at the local park. Why not introduce a healthy snack station or a smoothie bar in the office? More so, encourage your teams to take time away from their screens, have a walk around, stretch their legs and get away from the grind.
4. Recognise and say thank you!
All of us need recognition, recognition that a job has been done well, or a simple thank you - this is a basic human need. When receiving a well done or public acknowledgment in front of the team, there is nothing better to boost morale and make one feel valued. The ramifications of this are huge, where commitment, motivation and passion can soar. Whether you decide to recognise and reward informally, or by implementing a full scale reward and recognition programme, this is an area where time and efforts should be allocated.
5. Work-life balance
A work-life balance is absolutely crucial for all employees and their wellbeing. Encourage your team to work a 9 hour day, to try not check emails late at night or over the weekend, or limit the over hours if tasks permit. Ensure work deadlines and commitments are realistic and do not require consistent overtime, and when they do, offer time off in lieu. Ensuring your team feel they are able to have this balance will do wonders for this mental wellbeing.
If you’d like to know how Staff Treats can help your team with wellbeing benefits and perks, get in touch with one of our Engagement Specialists to discuss your bespoke requirements.