We all have our mental health, and we all cope with it very differently. For some, we may not suffer much at all, but for others, it could be a daily occurrence. And when you’re not fully aware of the signs or how much someone is struggling, worse things can happen as a result.
As a company, it’s your duty to look after your staff, and the workplace is a place that affects mental health. So here are some tips to help staff with their mental wellbeing.
Conduct Regular 1-2-1 Meetings
Regular 1-2-1 meetings can actually be more beneficial than you think, rather than a waste of time. They might be something that is conducted between the employee and their manager or the employee and a HR member of staff. It’s an opportunity to catch up on the staff member and to check in on how they’re feeling and how that might be benefiting or affecting their job. When it benefits, you know you can continue to provide support to keep it that way, but if they’re struggling, it’s important to step in and offer solutions to the issues at hand.
Be Wary of the Workload Being Given
The workload that you give to each person is not going to appreciate or coped with in the same way. When you have one staff member who thrives off being busy and overworked, another might find the whole experience too much to handle. And suddenly, they’re having to go to a mental health treatment center to cope with the stress. It’s really not ok to knowingly give someone too much work and then expect them to do it all without complaining. Have some acknowledgment for those who may not be the same as another colleague who can cope with the workload. Not everyone is the same!
Create a Calm and Happy Environment
A calm and happy environment is going to be pleasant for everyone, and the sooner you’re able to provide that, the better. Think about ways you can improve that environment and how there may be certain elements that are making it a stressful one. It could be caused by certain colleagues, or maybe there needs to be a change in the layout or the appearance of your office. There are always ways to improve your surroundings.
Train Your Managers to Be Better
Your managers are someone who your staff speaks to and looks to for support and guidance. And if you have people complaining about their managers or feeling like they don’t approach them, then this needs to be addressed. Consider how you can further train your managers in being better and knowing how to speak or handle their own staff. A bad manager can often lead to a person leaving the company, and you really don’t want that to be happening within your business. So invest in some training and do your best to figure out a solution that benefits everyone within the company.
Your staff’s mental health should always be important, and the more open you can make the environment, the better.