There is no denying it – work can be a major cause of stress. In fact, one in six workers experiences poor mental health in the workplace, such as anxiety or depression. This is according to mental health charity, Mind, who say that work is a bigger source of stress for us than debt or finances.
Poor mental health in the workplace can have a negative impact on your business. More than one in five people surveyed by Mind said they had called in sick to avoid work. In addition, 14% said they had resigned and almost half (42%) had considered resigning to tackle workplace stress.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way. As an employer, you can create a culture that will help to ensure your staff are happier, healthier and therefore at their best to perform well in their jobs. Here’s our advice on how to support mental health in the workplace.
Take some time out
Everyone needs to take time out from the stresses of everyday life. This includes breaks during the working day to look after your mental health in the workplace. It could be that you go for a walk, make a tea round or have a quick chat with a colleague. Also, encourage your staff to do the same. This could be on a day-to-day basis as positive working relationships will do wonders for your business. Or, get out of the office for team building away days.
Prioritise a positive work/life balance
One of our favourite things about unified communications is that you can take the office with you. But, this doesn’t mean that you or your team should never switch off from work. As an employer, you can lead by example to help to ensure that this doesn’t happen. Switch off your devices at the end of the working day. Don’t send or respond to emails late in the evening. Leave your technology at home when taking annual leave. Everyone needs a little downtime to ensure they have positive mental health in the workplace – no doubt, you deserve it too.
Training and employee support
There are lots of options on how to upskill your staff on promoting positive mental health in the workplace. With poor mental health being the number one reason for staff absence, a little guidance under your belt could go a long way. The research from Mind also found that 56% of employers would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing. But, they don’t feel that they have the right training or guidance in order to do so. There’s a huge range of courses available online or in person so that your staff are able to help and advise employees who may be struggling with their mental health in the workplace.
Technology for the mental health in the workplace win
We’ve mentioned it before that unified communications can facilitate flexible working. In addition, studies have shown that flexible working, such as being able to self-schedule shifts, can have a positive impact on mental health in the workplace. Modern collaboration tools can make a flexible work-life simple and straightforward. For example, Cisco Spark allows you to contribute to a brainstorming meeting on a digital whiteboard from your sofa. Get all the documents you need to prepare for that big meeting from the comfort of your own home. Collaborate with your teams on a professional instant messaging app from the back of a taxi. The sense of freedom which flexible working provides will ensure you and your staff are not mentally struggling and that your productivity is at an all-time high.
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