4 Ways You Can Support Your Employees’ Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in May to recognize and educate the public on the importance of mental health in well-being and reduce stigma. As an employer, prioritizing initiatives to promote mental health among your employees demonstrates that you care about them as individuals and want to ensure they are getting the help they need. Additionally, from a business standpoint, focusing on mental health in the workplace can increase productivity, boost morale and teamwork, and reduce turnover. Here are four ways you can support your employees’ mental health:


1. Normalize Mental Health Discussions 

Help employees feel more comfortable by making mental health a common topic, so the importance of it becomes an integral part of your company’s culture. Set an example and model behavior to normalize mental health discussions, whether it’s in an official capacity, such as providing resources or training, or during one-on-one conversations. 


2. Be Intentional About Checking In

Open communication is crucial in ensuring you understand any mental health issues impacting your team and be able to provide support. When you meet with your employees as a group and one-on-one, be intentional about not just seeing how their productivity and workload is going, but also how they are feeling so you can offer guidance or solutions.


3. Offer Flexibility

Work-life balance is a major factor in employees’ ability to focus on their mental well-being. If you are able to offer flexibility in when, where, and how employees perform their work responsibilities, it can prevent stress and burnout. It can allow them to have time to take measures to improve their mental health, like practicing self-care or attending medical appointments.


4. Listen to and Act on Feedback

If you want to be able to best support your employees’ mental health, you must have insight into any workplace issues that may be contributing to anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. Reach out to your employees regularly to solicit their feedback on what may be challenging to them, such as an unrealistic workload or not having the proper tools to perform their jobs, and address the issues to the best of your ability.


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