The key to any organizational success and happiness chiefly depends on the wellness and well-being of the employees. Companies that encourage a positive work culture have fewer employees suffering from mental health conditions.
Today, organizations need more empathy and critical leadership skills more than ever to deal with mental wellness at the office level.
Mental health has significantly contributed to productivity loss, absenteeism, job retention, and higher turnover at the workplace. Today companies are evolving, but mental health remains to be a stigma.
Reassuring employee wellness programs to enhance a healthy lifestyle must be a prerogative today. World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that depression and anxiety cost upto $1 trillion of the global economy per year in lost productivity. But every $1 spent on the cure to common mental health conditions returns at least $4 in improved health and wellness.
Mental health care in the workplace
Although the Employee Assistance Program(EAP) looks into counseling and consulting employees who face problems impacting their jobs, what’s more concerning is, are EAP’s enough?
To create a stress-free working environment, employers must integrate elements that are less professional and more gregarious.
A study suggested that 40% of global employees said that no one at their organization was asked if they were doing well. As far my concern, a positive work environment encourages employees to be thoughtful and emphasize overall well-being for both personal and professional growth.
Here are few things you can encourage at the workplace to dissipate mental health conditions;
- Encourage Employees to develop better relations between co-workers
Everyone needs a break from their monotonous and draining schedules.
Communication is the key to building better relations among employees. When employees connect, they enjoy working.
Better connections among employees can be invigorated with outings, casual evenings, and small birthday celebrations.
And, also emphasizing the culture of appreciation through reward and recognition platforms can work wonders. Employees can be made feel valued and boost their morale by giving them a friendly work environment.
It is of much importance to encourage a culture of growth and positive emotions at the office among employees.
2. Encouraging employees for Physically Activeness
Mental and physical health are correlative in nature. Only if your employees are physically active do they remain mentally active as well. Physical fitness has a lot to contribute to one’s behavioral health.
Available tech tools in the market can improve the health and wellness of employees who work really hard to take their organization to new heights. It helps achieve organizational success by prioritizing corporate health.
Taking care of their physical, mental, and spiritual health is crucial in the 21st-century hustle and bustle.
3. Pulse Surveys as regular check-in Technique
Overwhelming and unsustainable workplaces demand continuous checks on certain organizational challenges that can damage wellness and well-being.
Regular pulse surveys can meet the demands of the future workplace for quality change and improvisation. Through pulse surveys, HR can keep track of and determine employees’ needs to regulate workplace wellness.
Enhancing employee experience and acting on their feedback is crucial and a healthy way to create a mental health condition-free zone.
4. Free Behavioral Health Therapies and Counselling
Behavioral therapies in the workplace ensure a psychologically safe place to work. Sometimes due to mental health issues, employees tend to isolate themselves or unwillingly adapt harmful behaviors. Mental health conditions largely impact one’s behavior.
But, you can help them get over it by arranging workshops or online sessions; that can even be laughing therapies, video game nights, etc. It will indirectly stimulate the employees’ intellectual wellness, which will further help them lighten their minds and beat mental health troubles.
Cost-effective mental health resource groups for employees can also increase awareness and build a community for peer support.
5. Inclusiveness and flexibility as a Policy
In many workplaces, mental health conditions were caused due to discrimination and unhealthy behaviors among employees. Creating an open and positive culture at work is necessary to avoid such conditions that can cause employees any kind of mental health issues.
Due to covid-19, most remote employees silently suffered from such problems, be it mental, physical, or financial difficulties.
Having a proactive and flexible work environment can help achieve the best mental health inclusivity at the workplace.
Co-founder & CTO at Vantage Circle
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
Acknowledging the humane factor to create an empathetic attitude towards mental health wellness is primordial for organizations.
Employers are equally responsible for employees’ mental health and accommodating their needs to thrive. Therefore, emphasizing on creating a resilient workforce should be an utmost priority for the future workforce.
To make every employee feel empowered, the company must weave well-being strategies in every step.
Lastly, motivating everyone to blend into mindfulness will foster an exemplary work culture. It will also pave the way to productivity, employee engagement, higher retention, proficiency, and success.