Do you know how many of your colleagues are battling from anxiety? Or have you ever tried to know, how many are stressed out or depressed? These questions may seem really difficult to answer and yes, they are. Because it’s not always apparent when someone is coping with a mental health issue.
It is also seen that people are often reluctant to discuss mental illness at work. As people are getting aware and more individuals have begun to share their personal stories, the stigma remains. Which is why now it’s so critical for employers to create a work environment that is genuinely supportive of mental health.
- Providing possessions
- Building an environment that programs psychological well-being
helps workers and employees who are struggling. It also further encourages them to improve their mental health.
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Our brains are as crucial as our well-being and considering the detrimental effects that mental illness can have on physical health are hazardous.
- raised blood pressure,
- hormonal asymmetry,
- the danger of cancer.
Whenever an employee suffers, their work suffers too. Across the globe, depression has become the leading cause of disability. It is estimated that 172 million workdays are being lost due to depression every year. Depression is compounded by anxiety, stress and other mental health issues, leaving people
- less committed,
- less attentive,
- less creative.
There are various ways to support your colleagues’ mental well-being. Here are some instances:
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1. Talk about mental health: The initial step to beat the shame and is to stop treating mental illness as something outlawed. Just talk about it without shame, have open discussions, it will help others realize they are not alone.
2. Maintain the conversation: A cherished workplace is a must. It clearly indicated that you can’t just mention and talk about mental health once. Hence, you have to find multiple opportunities to include it into your colleagues’ day so it always stays top-of-mind.
3. Include everybody: Culture begins from the top management. And workers won’t believe that you actually care about their good health unless every employee from executive to the manager illustrates the importance of mental health.
4. Take mental health days off: Do you still require your staff members to provide an “authentic” reason for missing work? or have you otherwise asked for a medical practitioner's note? Then it's time to immediately stop. As part of preventative health, it involves giving your body and mind a break. It also requires to allow employees to miss work in order to revitalize. It helps them to prevent more serious health issues.
5. Pay attention and be happy to help: Have you ever noticed an employee behaving differently? For instance, being in a low mood or a certain kind of irritation? If so, don’t hesitate to ask them if something is wrong. Even if they tell you they are fine, always remind them that you are there to help. Also that they have access to assistive resources.
6. Appropriate resources: Analyze your mental health resources repeatedly to make them
- precise, without any error
- useful recommendation
that staff members can use to feel better. Remove obstructions to access, by providing employees the content in a different sort of format, which can be inscribed too. However, it will minimize the number of steps which takes for them to find it.
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