Following World Mental Health Day, we have some tips on how to support your staff.
As World Mental Health Day is celebrated globally on October 10th, this presents a great opportunity for employers to look inwards and assess whether they have the right support in place for their staff. With one in six people experiencing a mental health issue in a given week, supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace can no longer be ignored.
Empower managers to support their team’s wellbeing
Business leaders can make an impact by sharing their own experience of how they manage stress levels as well as demonstrating healthy behaviours such as leaving on time and taking regular breaks.
Remove pressure to be ‘always on’
The pressure to be ‘always on’ can have an impact on our mental health. Research earlier this year showed that a third of people (32%) worry about work on their own time. And in a busy working world with technology at our fingertips, it’s easy for employees to slip into bad habits such as checking emails late at night and over the weekend.
Incentivise healthy habits
There are a number of simple ways that employers can encourage employees to embed these as part of their daily routine. Providing fresh fruit, healthy company breakfasts or a fitness scheme with a local gym are all simple ways to encourage your team to look after their mental as well as their physical health.
Tools and tips
It’s important to provide employees with clear information to help them understand what mental ill health is, what the risk factors are, and the kinds of simple coping methods we can all use to better manage our mental health.
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