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How to Promote Positive Mental Health in the Workplace

How to Promote Positive Mental Health in the Workplace

Positive mental health is essential for an individual’s health and well-being. Being in a healthy frame of mind allows us to better cope with everyday stress and life changes while also giving us the ability to bounce back from setbacks.

 

 

As such, maintaining positive mental health in the workplace has become a priority for organizations around the world as it directly impacts employee well-being, engagement, and productivity.

 

 

In this article, we will talk about how employers in Canada can help promote positive mental health in the workplace to help reduce absenteeism, lower turnover, and increase employee loyalty.

 

 

7 Ways to Promote Positive Mental Health in the Workplace

 

Reduce Stigma by Raising Awareness and Providing Mental Health Training

 

The fear of stigma is what deters many employees from discussing mental health problems at work. This is why employers need to do their best to reduce the stigma around mental health by raising awareness of issues like work-related stress, anxiety, and depression.

 

 

Focusing on positive mental health strategies, such as mandating mental health training for managers and supervisors, can help create holistic and healthy environments. This can make employees feel more comfortable about sharing issues that may be impacting mental health, productivity, or work-life balance.

 

Offer Mental Health Benefits and Programs to all Employees

 

The Covid 19 pandemic in many ways has put a spotlight on the subject of mental health and today most employees are looking for more than just a salary and perks to feel satisfied at a job position.

 

 

A study by Limeade and Quantum Workplace found that millennials are 125% more likely to stay with a company because of its well-being programs. As such, offering mental health benefits such as counselling services, therapy, and more as part of employee health insurance is becoming standard practice in many organizations.

 

 

Offering mental health benefits as well as stress and resilience workshops and seminars are undoubtedly effective ways to improve morale and loyalty. 

 

Create a Culture of Openness, Support, and Flexibility

Creating and implementing a mental health policy is often the best way for an organization to show its commitment to promoting positive mental health. 

 

Having a policy in place that encourages a culture of openness, gives employees the confidence needed to discuss or share mental health problems without fearing job loss, harassment, or ridicule. 

 

Organizations can even go one step further by introducing peer support programs through mentoring and support groups or giving employees the choice of flexible work schedules, work-from-home days, and even mental health days to show their commitment to positive mental health. 

 

Encourage and Prioritise Work-Life Balance and Self-Care

Poor mental health in the workplace can be a result of many factors including overworking, unrealistic workloads, poor management and support, long work hours, unclear job roles and responsibilities, poor work-life balance, lack of communication, harassment, and more. 

 

All of this can have a direct impact on an employee’s performance, productivity, attendance, and morale and it is, therefore, essential for organizations to discourage an overwork culture or set unhealthy expectations for their employees.

 

Instead, organizations should promote activities such as exercise, rest breaks, and meditation sessions, and even offer complimentary therapy sessions massage treatments to encourage and prioritize work-life balance and self-care. 

 

Remember, a happy and cared-for employee will always perform a lot better than an unhappy employee and is likely to be more loyal and more involved in helping the organization grow and prosper.  

 

Utilise Digital Tools and Technology

Organizations should make it a point to suggest to their employees mental health apps and online resources to help deal with work-life balance issues or anxiety or stress levels. 

 

Advancements in technology and data analytics have also made it possible for organizations to quickly identify potential mental health risk factors that could impact employee performance helping them be more proactive when dealing with issues surrounding mental health.

 

Train Leaders in Fostering Psychological Safety

Leadership plays an important part in developing organizational culture and as such leaders must be trained in compassion, open communication, emotional intelligence, and transparency. 

 

By showing openness and vulnerability they can help make employees feel less reluctant about sharing personal and work-related problems of their own and foster psychological safety.

 

Evaluate Mental Health Initiatives

Incorporating mental health policies and training leaders and managers on promoting mental health is one thing but ensuring these policies and processes stand the test of time is quite another.

 

To ensure that mental health issues are being looked after organizations must regularly survey employees on workplace climate and mental health to determine and evaluate mental health initiatives.

 

Tracking program participation rates and utilization of mental health services can all provide direct feedback as to how well employees, leaders, and managers like or dislike these programs and what else can be done to promote positive mental health in the workplace further. 

 

Promoting Positive Mental Health with Spectrum Therapeutic Solutions

By partnering with the right mental health therapy company you are giving your employees the best chance to deal with a range of issues like anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma which can all lead to better performance, increased loyalty, and much improved work-life balance.

 

To learn more about our therapeutic counselling services and how we can help visit our clinic or call us at (902) 932-2395

 

FAQs

Q) How can managers support employee mental health?

If an employee is dealing with mental health issues managers should show empathy and direct them to resources that can help on a psychological level. They should also check in with the employees periodically to see how they are getting along and allow for flexible schedules and days off if needed.

 

Q) What are the signs of poor mental health at work?

Withdrawal, errors, absenteeism, fatigue, irritability, and lack of focus are all signs of poor mental health.

 

Q) How can workplace culture impact mental health?

Workplace culture can have a direct impact on mental health. If the workplace culture encourages overworking, unhealthy competition, and setting unreasonable expectations, this can adversely impact performance and lead to stress, anxiety, and depression. On the other hand, a workplace culture that encourages work-life balance and anti-discrimination will positively impact mental health.

 

Q) What mental health policies should Canadian companies have?

Canadian companies should incorporate mental health policies that allow for mental health sick day allowances, seminars, and workshops that encourage mental health training, and anti-discrimination practices to make employees feel psychologically safe.

 
 

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