Mental Health Awareness Week – How to Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
Blog Posted: Thursday 12th May 2022 by
This week is mental health awareness week, so we’d like to explore the steps that employers can take to promote a mentally healthy workplace that has a direct and positive business impact.
Managing short term, intermittent and long-term sickness absence continues to be a regular theme for us at Human Results and with the added pressures and complexities that have arisen because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a big rise in stress, anxiety and depression over a wide variety of industries.
Additionally, work-life balance and flexible working arrangements are right at the top of the millennial wish list. So, what can your business do to encourage a mentally healthy workplace?
Promote active lifestyles and a healthy diet
It’s well known that regular exercise and a good diet are hugely beneficial to maintaining both physical and mental health. Exercise alone can boost self-esteem and help your employees to concentrate. However, employees may be trying to implement these changes at home only to fall off the wagon the minute they step foot in the office.
Provide access to external support
Talking about mental health is something that many still find difficult. Openly communicating alternative ways to access support can help staff to get help without involving anyone within the business.
Offer flexible working arrangements
Employers should recognise that personal and professional lives are intertwined. One always affects the other and while an employee looks like their swimming smoothly on the surface, they could be paddling like mad underneath the waters.
According to a report in the Telegraph in November 2018, work-related stress anxiety or depression accounts for over half of all working days lost due to ill health in Great Britain. This equates to 57.3% of 26.8 million lost workdays due to sickness absence: an enormous impact on the bottom line of British business.
Although offering flexible working arrangements won’t cure the issue completely, it will allow your staff more flexibility and balance in managing the demands of their personal lives.
Promote mental health awareness
To improve morale and open a window for discussion, your business could encourage an open forum to discuss mental health issues in the workplace. These forums, or awareness days, can provide an excellent opportunity for employees to discuss their views, share any concerns in an environment where they won’t be judged and suggest changes to the workplace culture to encourage better mental health.
We are now offering Mental Health First Aid Courses for employers and employees, either individually or in group bookings.
Why train in mental health?
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill-health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life.
Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill-health.
When it comes to taking care of our mental health, we are not always confident to know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support.
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If like many other organisations, your employees need a fresh approach to mental health, or perhaps you want to improve your rates of absenteeism and presenteeism, please call us today on 01952 288361.