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Promoting Wellbeing: Tips to Manage Employees’ Mental Health in the WorkplaceGENERAL Management People Development Productivity March 8, 2018
It is widely known that in general, an adult spends a third of their time in a day being at work. Be it answering emails, making calls, or meeting clients, being absorbed by your work is both physically and mentally draining.
While it might seem like you just sit on your desk staring at the computer all the day, people would never know what kind of emotional exhaustion you might suffer. Often attacking in silence, depression and anxiety are among most common mental problems experienced by employees. If such mental issues are left unaddressed, it could impact negatively to their physical health and cause more serious problems.
While keeping employees’ wellbeing is crucial to ensure the organisation’s sustainability and efficiency, unfortunately not many employers are paying attention to the workforce’s mental health. It should be noted that providing health insurance and competitive compensation is not enough to promote employee wellbeing at work. More than that, leaders need to put concern on how employee’s mental health could affect their productivity.
Given that mental illness is prone to happen to busy employees, you should know how to prevent and handle the issue, such that it will not get worse and disrupt the company’s overall performance. Take a look at the following useful tips to help you manage employees’ mental health:
Identify the symptoms
As a matter of fact, detecting mental illness could be a little bit difficult, given that it is often hidden on someone’s mind rather than appearing physically. However, you can always identify the problem by observing the symptoms. Business leaders should be aware with employee’s strange behaviour such as sudden bad temper, continuous mood swing, decreasing productivity, as well as lack of focus. When you notice such symptoms, you need to approach the related employees and check with them to take further action when needed.
Discuss the issue
When you are sure that your employee is suffering from mental issues, first thing you should do is to invite him in a private conversation and hear him out. A candid sharing session will help him release the burden which troubles his mind. If it is work-related problem, you can ask his suggestions about any improvement he wishes. It is also important to know if the employee faces some pressures from the supervisor or other coworkers, so you can plan the right action. Meanwhile, if it is personal issue, you can offer some helpful advices.
Provide the right treatment
Inviting employees for a private talk and asking them to tell the truth can be the first step to treat employees attacked by mental issues. For the next step, you can give them some time to take a rest by reducing their workload or even give them a day-off. When the condition is worse, do not hesitate to call psychiatrist and proceed with medical treatment. Additionally, asking about employee’s mental health history before employing them can be a good preventive method, as you can anticipate if something happens in the future.
Initiate mental training program
It is important to regularly conduct a mental training program which can recharge employees’ spirit and rejuvenate their soul. You can initiate monthly events such as outing, outbound, spiritual program, seminar, or other similar schemes. It is also necessary to introduce stress management to the employees so they know how to handle their stress.
Adopt open culture
Support employee wellbeing by creating an open culture that promotes transparency in the workplace. By knowing what hampers their work and what makes them stressed, you can think of the solution for management improvement. Additionally, you should promote open communication that encourages employees to both deliver feedbacks and receive complaints.
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