There’s no doubting that the last 12 months have been tough on businesses and their employees alike across almost every single industry.
With economic uncertainty, job losses and business closures happening all around us, it’s not surprising that the mental health of some staff members has been seriously impacted.
The task of supporting these employees as we begin to get back to normal lands at the feet of business owners and senior managers. But, exactly how much emphasis should we be placing on mental wellbeing without being overbearing and expecting staff to engage in new initiatives that they either don’t want or don’t feel that they need?
Here are a few tactics to use that show your staff that you are serious about supporting their mental wellbeing and why we need to rethink mental health post-Covid-19.
Readjust your health at work policy
Covid-19 has hit the business world hard, with many companies underprepared when it comes to policies and procedures for those struggling with their mental health due to a global pandemic.
Some of the mental health issues now being reported by staff relate to feelings of isolation due to remote working and anxiety at returning to the office after a break of several months. If you haven’t done so already, revisit your mental health at work policy to include issues such as these and how they can be managed.
Don’t push too hard
Knowing that there are services available for them is often enough for many staff to feel supported, but don’t expect everyone to want to take part in your morning meditation sessions just because they are available.
Enforced mental wellbeing activities just heap another layer of pressure on those that may already be struggling. The best approach is to ensure that any services or activities you have are completely optional and information is readily available to all.
Get third party help and advice
If you want to support staff while running your business, then it’s often a far better idea to trust the professionals when it comes to implementing initiatives and policies dedicated to improving mental wellbeing at work
Not only does this leave you free to get on with your job, but these third party agencies such as ACAS can also help you understand your legal and moral responsibilities to your team.
They will also be able to advise you on any ideas for opening up a conversation surrounding the topic of mental wellbeing at work and allow staff to talk freely about what levels of support they feel they need from you as an employer.