Mental Health Awareness Week- What can businesses do?
With it being Mental Health Awareness Week we have looked at what you as a business can do to support employees.
Did you know that 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health? It is an important issue that struggles to get talked about due to the stigma attached to it.
Here at Peach we have put together top 5 tips on managing wellbeing in the workplace.
1. Embed a wellness culture.
Employee health and wellbeing should be high on the agenda. There should be no shame in talking about mental health. Think about health and wellbeing programmes where employees can voice their ideas and are listened to. Employees should not be discriminated against should they have a mental illness.
Management training as well as Company-wide training would further show the company’s commitment to tackling health and wellbeing. Training on stress management techniques will encourage employees to recognise their own stress levels and support in managing it themselves. We would advise businesses to train managers in spotting signs including increase in absence, poor performance or moody behaviour and monitoring these behaviours.
3. Influence from Managers
Managers have a great influence on the wellbeing of employees, factors could include; workload, work variety, work relationships, involvement, communication, spot signs of bullying, sense of purpose and stress. Businesses should support Managers in managing in times of change and challenge to reduce the negative effect that it may have. Managing this effectively can increase employee engagement.
There are plenty of initiatives that businesses can adopt to support employees’ wellbeing such as;
•Promoting healthy eating,
•Encouraging employees to take their entitled breaks- it can be too easy to work through lunch,
•Promote exercise- walking around at lunch time, cycle to work schemes, gym memberships,
•Employee assistance programmes can provide counselling and advice,
•Promoting work/life balance- flexible working.
Communication is paramount. However, do not push an employee to talk about something that they are clearly uncomfortable with. Offer them options and be available when they are ready.
When businesses are going through change, communication can take a back seat leaving employees wondering and worrying about what is happening, is their job ok? Always communicate even if there is nothing to communicate, it is important to instil trust and respect from the employees.
Would you like support in promoting a wellness culture in your business? We can also carry out an audit to see where certain HR processes can affect an employee’s wellbeing. Contact one of our HR Specialists via [email protected] or call 0161 478 3800.