Mental Health Awareness Week – tips for employers
It is Mental Health Awareness Week, and employees and workers may be feeling more anxious or stressed in these difficult and uncertain times. It is therefore important that employers promote health and well-being in the workplace and not only for those that are physically attending the office but those working remotely and those on furlough.
A workplace culture that promotes health and well-being can only have a positive impact on the workplace. Supporting mental health, not only prevents but also assists in the recovery of individuals who are struggling.
Here are some pointers for organisations to promote the health and well-being of its workers, and not just during this pandemic:
- identify working practices that might cause mental health issues, and act on them
- introduce a policy which confirms that the organisation is committed to promoting positive mental health in the workplace
- provide training to managers to support health and well-being in the workplace
- introduce mentors who can be approached for employees to have a confidential discussion
- introduce an employee assistance scheme
- ensure positive work cultures, e.g. encourage a positive work life balance, lunch away from desk, promote exercise e.g. lunchtime walks.
In addition, (the Mental Health Foundation has suggested) the following advice to individuals:
- Plan your day
- Move more every day
- Try a relaxation technique
- Connect with others
- Take time to reflect and practice self-compassion
- Improve your sleep
An organisation’s most important asset is its workforce. Taking these steps will go a long way to promote and improve the health and well-being of its staff.
If you have any questions, please contact Sejal Raja on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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