The past few years have seen many developments within company workplaces, such as the introduction of various employee benefit schemes (shared paternity leave, for example). There has also been a huge increase in awareness of mental health. Research carried out by CABA in 2020 found that 4 in 10 employees are almost at breaking point at work.
So, what are HR departments and businesses doing to ensure a healthy working environment, where employees feel that they are able to ask for help? Here are a few steps to help create a more positive company culture and workplace:
1. Talk openly about mental health in the office
Having a clear and open dialog about mental health will help to create a company culture of trust among all the employees. It will help them to understand that the company values their health and mental wellbeing and will support them through their challenges.
By talking openly and supportively will reduce the stigma individuals feel when discussing difficulties with mental wellbeing.
2. Supportive strategies
Early intervention is vital when supporting employees who may be going through difficult times and can help to speed up recovery. Having an open conversation early to talk about the various support systems the company has in place, can really help the employee and reassure them that it’s OK to use these systems. These support systems could be things like offering counselling, other health services, or flexible working opportunities.
3. Early Intervention
If you notice that an employee’s working performance is dropping and you are beginning to feel concerned about them, it’s best to first try and identify if there are any workplace issues that could be affecting them.
Even if an employee’s difficulties are coming from separate areas of their life, it’s important and effective to make reasonable adjustments to reduce any pressure that they may be getting at work. Situations are often not resolved on their own and a supportive and proactive approach may help to avoid lengthier periods of absence.
For more tips, tools, and resources to help you take care of your mental wellbeing and empower others to do the same, visit caba.org.uk/help-and-guides.