Employees’ mental health can significantly influence their job satisfaction and productivity levels. Taking action to prioritize mental health in the workplace will demonstrate that you value your team’s overall well-being. Check out these five different ways your company can support employees’ mental health:


1. Integrate Mental Health Into Your Culture

Mental health support should be built into your overall company culture. Talking about it regularly, such as providing links to helpful articles or words of advice in employee email newsletters or bringing it up during meetings, helps normalize it as a topic of discussion. Integrating mental health into your company culture makes it clear that your workplace is a psychologically safe space where employees will not be negatively judged if they admit they are experiencing mental health challenges. 


2. Facilitate Regular Check-Ins

Connect with your employees to support their mental health on a personal level. Touch base regularly to check in on how your employees are feeling. Establishing open communication will build trust and make your employees more likely to open up, enabling you to work with them to problem solve or simply listen and show you care. 


3. Promote Work-Life Balance

Often the demands of your employees’ professional workload and their personal obligations contribute to mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and depression. As an employer, you can encourage your staff’s overall well-being by promoting work-life balance. Ensure you are encouraging them to maintain boundaries between working and personal time, take breaks during the day and their paid time off, and provide flexibility with scheduling or remote work as your workplace allows. 


4. Address Sources of Workplace Stress

You can’t support your employees’ mental health if you are inadvertently contributing to their challenges. Ask for your employees’ feedback on a regular basis on what is causing them stress in the workplace (i.e., unrealistic workload or deadlines, lacking tools to perform their jobs effectively, burdensome processes, etc.), and then take steps to address whatever sources of stress you can. 


5. Offer Mental Health Workshops

Bring in mental health experts to help provide guidance to your employees to improve their mental health. Offering mental health workshops regularly, whether in-person or through webinars, can give actionable tips for your employees to cope with workplace and personal stress in an effective manner. Examples of topics could include: navigating career and parenting obligations, stress coping mechanisms, burnout prevention, handling conflict, etc. 


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