Mental health awareness
A month on from Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, it is always important to ensure that you are considering mental health – for both yourself and your staff. Thankfully, awareness of mental health is at an all time high and people are definitely opening up about this topic. For example, there were over 370,000 uses of the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek on Twitter this year. Mental health awareness in the workplace is so important, and it is vital that employers are able to spot the warning signs of somebody that may be having problems.
Factors that can influence mental health
There are many reasons why somebody may be suffering from mental health issues. Shockingly, a study by the Samaritans found that three out of every five employees experience mental health issues due to work. As a business owner, it is imperative that the mental well-being of staff is supported. In a human sense, this is obvious. In a business sense, it seems ridiculous that an environment that negatively impacts the mental health of its staff can be successful. Our job can have a huge impact on our quality of life. It’s where we seem to spend most of our time, and even when we aren’t there, we can be thinking of it.
If a person is being negatively affected by their job, it is likely they will seek employment elsewhere – this can naturally have dire consequences for businesses. Therefore, it is important that businesses put steps in place to ensure staff are happy in their job. It is the best option for both moral and business reasons.
What can you do to help?
See below some helpful ideas on what you can do to boost employee morale and ensure a happy and successful workforce:
- Encourage healthy lifestyle activities – healthy body, healthy mind.
- On site food – who doesn’t love free hot drinks and biscuits at work? It’s the little things.
- Talk to staff – encourage open and friendly communication about such matters.
- Offer support to those already struggling and those who feel they may be having problems.
Everybody goes through difficult times and it is important that we have a supportive network both at home and in work to get through them. Have the courage to speak up, you may find help and support from colleagues who feel similar.
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