10th – 16th May 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week
A recent Gov.uk study has shown that 15% of the UK’s workforce is currently experiencing mental health problems1. This shocking statistic highlights why employee mental health should be high on the agenda of employers. Maintaining a happy workforce not only benefits your employees but it can supercharge key deliverables within your business such as productivity and reduce sick days and staff turnover too.
Taking this into consideration, it has never been more important for organisations to prioritise mental health. Putting actions in place to improve the mental health of your team does not always require huge amounts of investment, we have put together a list of helpful tips which will help your business meet its mental health objectives.
‘Open door policy’
Communication can be hard when suffering from mental health issues but speaking to others about how you are really feeling can dramatically reduce stress, loneliness and improve your overall mental health and well-being.
30% of staff disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I were feeling stressed’2. Adopting an ‘open door policy’ within your business encourages openness and transparency. This makes your managers more approachable to employees who will feel empowered to share their thoughts and feelings. This can also result in employees feeling more valued within the organisation.
Vision and goals
Organisations should have a clear vision and set objectives to work towards. This is crucial for employees who thrive off the sense of achievement experienced when completing a task or meeting an objective. Introducing policies to help mental wellbeing including – sickness, equality, and diversity can help employees feel safe within their role.
Regular staff reviews
Committing to regular staff reviews is a great way to learn more about your employees and how they are coping within your workforce. It’s an opportunity for managers to share feedback on performance and to set new goals. It can also help businesses identify common issues shared by employees at an early stage.
Adopting a more democratic approach to how the organisation operates will make staff feel more involved and help them express their thoughts to improve business performance.
56% of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but do not feel they have the right training or guidance3. When working in a team it is important that everyone feels valued and included. Organising team building can boost the overall performance of how the team works together as well as improving mental well-being at work.
Health and fitness benefits
Helping employees to destress and allowing time for them to focus on their mental and physical health will help increase their happiness and performance at work.
Apple, Google and Nike are just some of the brands that encourage on-the-job meditation. Providing benefits such as meditation classes, or gym memberships is proven to reduce negativity and safeguard the mind.
Bonuses, rewards, pay rises and job progression.
Reward staff when they have achieved, and salary reviews can help to increase job satisfaction and reduce staff turnover. Confirming how to achieve job progression with your team can also help to improve employee morale which feeds healthy mental health.
Depending on the nature of the company, introducing a flexible working policy can allow staff to lead a healthier work-life balance. The benefits of this are that staff morale is boosted, the company will appeal to a wider range of people and you should also see a reduction in staff absence.
These initiatives are just a few ways organisations can put the mental health of their workforce at the heart of the businesses. Eclectic Recruitment is passionate about finding the perfect candidate for your vacancy. We always meet our candidates and analyse their skills and personality before matching them with your business.
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