December 30, 2020

How To Improve Your Office’s Mental Health

In recent years, mental health has become a major topic in the workplace. Additionally with a surge in anxiety and uncertainty caused by COVID-19 outbreaks and lockdowns, improving and supporting employees' mental health has never been more crucial.

The sudden rise in working from home and increased self-isolation has given rise to higher levels of health-related anxiety, general unease, and mental health issues.

Mental health is one of the leading causes of workplace absenteeism, and as one in four employees have suffered from mental health issues, they face burnout, fatigue, changing moods, stress, anxiety and reduced focus. With all businesses across the globe facing unprecedented challenges with COVID-19, now is a better time than ever to focus on employee mental health.

As a result of the lockdown and COVID-19, over 63% of employers say anxiety is the biggest challenge facing their organisation right now and many are looking for new ways to care for their employees mental health.

How Businesses Can Support Employee Mental Health Right Now

It is more important than ever for businesses to retain talent, reduce presenteeism and absenteeism, and retain high levels or productivity.

  1. Break the Culture of Silence

There is a stigma around mental illness that makes employees more likely to suffer in silence than share information with their managers or fellow employees. Studies show that over 80% of employees with a mental health condition do not feel comfortable sharing with their employers, and about 40% of employees have told a false reason for absenteeism when they needed to take time off for mental health.

Right now is the best time for managers to speak more openly regarding mental health and start to foster a culture of conversations around mental health. Needing time or support to care for mental health should never impact an employee’s reputation or workplace standing.

  1. Socialize With Your Employees

With increased remote working also comes an increase in feelings of isolation. Office relationships are missed, and daily lunch breaks and friendships are lacking. Finding creative ways to safely interact and build friendships with employees, whether working remotely or in person, can be highly beneficials for everyone’s mental wellbeing.

  1. External Workplace Solutions

With online tools like Zoom to connect with the office or clients remotely, now is a great time for businesses to engage workplace mental health solutions. Giving employees access to help when it is needed, mental health webinars, and a mental health professional to talk to is a great way to support employees who increase productivity and keep morale at a high-level.