Supporting mental health in the workplace should be a priority for all organisations. So how can you create a safe, supportive working environment for your team?
The Office of the US Surgeon General has some really useful thoughts on this topic. So, here are a few of the ideas we liked best:
– Firstly, promote a positive work culture. Encourage an environment where employees feel comfortable talking about their mental health concerns and where this is prioritised
– Secondly, address workload and stressors. Help employees manage their workload and stressors by encouraging a work-life balance and setting realistic expectations for productivity. Provide flexible work options if possible, and ensure that employees have the resources they need to do their job effectively.
– Thirdly, combat stigma. Create an environment where mental health is de-stigmatised and employees feel safe discussing their concerns (without fear of negative consequences).
– Finally, foster social connections. Encourage team-building activities and opportunities for social connection. These can help employees build supportive relationships and reduce feelings of isolation, improving mental health.
By focusing on these essentials, organisations can start to create a supportive and mentally healthy workplace culture; one that benefits both employees and the organisation as a whole.
What else would you add to this list?