4 Ways to Foster Good Mental Health in the Workplace
Employee Mental Health affects more than just bottom lines; it affects workplace culture and overall employee morale. Here are a few tips that employers, supervisors, and managers can utilize to foster good mental health in the workplace.
1. Normalize the Conversation
Talk about mental health in the workplace and look for ways to empower employees to understand mental health disorders and how to find resources. When employees feel they can talk about their struggle with supervisors, they are much more likely to seek early intervention and address the underlying cause before it negatively impacts their life and work.
2. Create a Positive Space
Employee mental health is more likely to flourish in a space full of positive energy from light and plants. Sprucing up the office space may provide more than an aesthetical component - it could help foster productivity and collaboration and bring energy to the company as a whole.
3. Be Observant
Be on the lookout for employees that may begin to act differently, put less effort into work, or pull away from social interactions. These could be indications they are struggling with a mental health disorder. It would be beneficial to check in with the employee to see how they are doing and if there is any way you could provide support or additional resources.
4. Promote a Culture of Trust
Though we want to normalize the conversation surrounding mental health, this does not mean we want employees to think they cannot talk about their concerns with a supervisor in confidence. Ensure that your employees know that private conversations are kept in trust.