Time for a Stress Check
Temperature checks have become a routine part of the day in the pandemic world in which we now live, but have you thought about checking the stress level of your company? Just like a low grade temperature may not manifest in outward symptoms, low levels of stress among employees can go undetected for a long time. Over time, compounded stress can lead to mental health concerns and will most certainly manifest in reduced productivity and increased absenteeism, negatively impacting bottom line figures. So how do you proactively gage the stress levels of your employees? Let’s look at 3 ways you can begin to do this today!
1. Schedule Management Rounding
Employees often struggle alone with stress and other mental health issues because they do not feel comfortable sharing their struggle with supervisors. Providing a safe space for employees to voice concerns to management is the first step to creating an environment of trust. When supervisors set aside a designated time to check in with each employee (beit weekly, biweekly, or monthly), employees will begin to feel valued and like they have a seat at the table. Voicing small stressors early may just prevent many potential negative impacts.
2. Encourage Workplace Relationships
Not only is the relationship between employee and management important, but so are relationships among peers. Encourage camaraderie among your employees by scheduling a workplace social, providing opportunities for mentorship for newer employees, and promoting a workplace environment where employees are encouraged to work together and support each other well.
3. Mental Health Training
Mental health training provides education on early identification of mental health disorders, normalizes the topic of mental health in the workplace, and gives management a greater understanding of how to care for employees well. If your company has never completed mental health training contact Solace to get the conversation started today!