How to create a strong and happy mental health culture at work

It is wise to remember that happy employees are the most productive employees

As awareness of the impact of mental health at work grows, more and more employers are looking to provide an environment in which employees can thrive and be content.

Given that mental health problems result in big losses (both financial and time-related) for employers, many are now actively seeking new ideas to improve their existing business. Here are a few tips that will help to encourage a strong and happy mental health culture at work.

Provide Training Regarding Awareness

Many people are unaware of any problems and plough on regardless of any signs or symptoms that may arise. Increased awareness is key to helping people not only understand what is happening but to take action as early as possible to reduce or prevent any problems. There are several training programmes regarding mental health, and employers should consider providing such training in order to combat any potential problems. This training can also act as a prompt for employees who are currently experiencing problems to voice their concerns.

Demonstrate Leadership in the Area of Mental Health

It is very important for an employer to eliminate stigmas surrounding mental health at work and cultivate a supportive culture. Making sure relevant resources and information are available at work and having reference to mental health services in contracts or handbooks can create an open atmosphere, enabling employees to have the freedom to discuss any issues they may be facing. Employees should be notified as to their rights in the workplace regarding mental health matters.

Create a Calm Environment

Most employees think best when they are calm, and creating an environment that inspires calm is a great way of influencing the mental health of a worker. For example, many employers are considering incorporating a dedicated space within the workplace for employees to relax without distraction. Sleeping pods are becoming more popular.

Training employees regarding coping methods such as meditation and mindfulness can be extremely helpful. Physical exercise and regular breaks during the working day should also be encouraged and not frowned upon, as is so often the case in the current climate.

It is wise to remember that happy employees are the most productive employees. Although it may seem as though encouraging regular breaks and time away from work would be counterproductive, you will be amazed at the difference it will make to efficiency levels and the general atmosphere at work.

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