1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental health problems each year. A recent survey identified the recruitment sector as the most stressful working environment, with around 82% of consultants claiming to be stressed whilst at work (rec.uk.com). We’ve shared some top tips to help you successfully manage mental health at work…
1 Create an open culture where mental health is discussed in the workplace and tackle the stigma around mental health. This needs to start with leadership and should be communicated regularly in the workplace.
2 Promote positive mental health. Awareness is important but empowering employees to look after their own and their colleague’s mental health. Empower employees but offering training that promotes positive mental health such as mindfulness.
3 Reduce work related stress. Work related stress is a known trigger for mental health issues. Consider stressful situations and how these can be better managed in the workplace.
4 Manage the hours employees work. Working long hours and not switching off from work is known to negatively impact mental health. Review your policies and change your culture to tackle the issues of presenteeism such as includes employees checking emails late at night to working while on holiday.
5 Have trained mental health first aiders. All line managers should be trained in mental health first aid to ensure they can give support to employees where needed.
6 Increase mental health awareness so that employee and managers can spot the early signs which include an increase in absenteeism, poor performance or time keeping, poor decision making, lack of energy.
7 Encourage early detection. A proactive approach to mental health allows early treatment and can reduce the rate of the onset of more serious mental health issues.
8 Empower and support employees with mental health issues. Include understanding triggers and making reasonable adjustments to avoid them, offering flexible working or phased return to works.