Mental Health and the Workplace

Posted by Sarah Fisher on 05.12.23
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As we approach the middle of May, Mental Health Awareness month, we'd like to recognize the importance of mental health in the workplace.

At work, it’s not just about getting the task done efficiently and on time – mental health in the workplace also plays a huge role in overall productivity. Mental wellbeing drastically impacts how well employees perform, which means it's critical for business owners and leaders to prioritize creating an environment that is supportive of mental health needs. In this blog post, we'll discuss why businesses should pay attention to mental health issues in their workplaces and look at some strategies they can use to create a healthier working atmosphere.

An introduction to mental health issues in the workplace and why they are important

We spend so much of our lives at work, it's no wonder that it can have an impact on our mental health. In fact, studies show that workplace stress can lead to a range of mental health issues, from anxiety to depression. So, it's important we address these issues head-on and create a workplace environment where people feel safe to talk about their mental health. It might seem daunting to talk openly about our vulnerabilities, but it's worth it. Even something as simple as working out with colleagues can have a big impact on our mental health. And ultimately, it's up to leaders within the workplace to foster a culture of conversation and support. So, let's start the conversation and prioritize mental health in the workplace.

Sharing mental health struggles

Mental health struggles are something that we all experience - it's a universal human experience. It's important to keep an open mind when talking about these struggles, because vulnerability can be a scary thing. As leaders, we have a responsibility to set the tone for our team, to create a safe space where people can feel comfortable sharing their experiences. It's only when we're honest with ourselves and each other that we can build the kind of working environment where everyone can thrive. So let's break down the walls and have those conversations - you never know who might need to hear that they're not alone.

Self-care practices that employees can use to take control of their own mental health

Taking care of your mental health is crucial for your overall well-being, and as much as we try to compartmentalize work and our personal lives, the two often overlap. That's why it's important to incorporate self-care practices into our work routine. Whether it's taking a quick break to stretch, going for a walk outside during lunch, or even just taking a few deep breaths, these small actions can make a big impact on our mental health. It's all about taking control and making time for yourself, no matter how busy work may get. Remember, a happy mind leads to a more productive and satisfying work life. So, take care of yourself and don't be afraid to prioritize your mental health.

Resources employees can turn to for additional help and support

As hard as we try, sometimes we just need a little extra help. That's where your trusty resources come in! Whether it's a friendly HR rep ready to lend a listening ear, a health insurance plan that covers therapy sessions, or an Employee Assistance Program that offers free counseling, there are plenty of resources for employees to turn to when they need a boost. Don't be afraid to reach out and take advantage of these benefits - after all, we're all in this together!

Wrapping it up

It’s essential that employers prioritize mental health in the workplace and actively work to create a supportive environment through open dialogue, available resources, flexible hours and more. Additionally, employees should take an active role in self-care practices like recognizing signs of stress, practicing mindfulness and taking regular breaks. Both employees and employers must make the effort to think about mental health when it comes to workplace wellbeing. With collective effort and the right resources, we can ensure that all workers feel safe, supported – and valued – throughout their working days.

How are you ensuring your employees are healthy and happy? Comment below!

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