World Mental Health Day
October 9th is World Mental Health Day. So we thought we’d recap on the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
A significant amount of time in our lives is spent in the workplace. Hence, why more and more employers are putting measures in place to ensure the emotional and mental well-being of their employees.
It’s no secret that workplace initiatives can be used to promote improved mental health, as well as supporting employees who have mental disorders.
World Mental Health Day aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, something we’ve always advocated.
To celebrate this, we’ve taken a look through our blog archives to seek out some simple and effective ways that both employers and employees can combat stress in the workplace.
Mental health days
In the US, it’s becoming increasingly common for employers to offer their staff mental health days. Something we should definitely take note of here in the UK.
The idea is to allow employees to take a day off work for reasons other than a physical illness.
We’ve all taken a day or two off with the flu or sickness at some point, but the idea of being able to take a day off to take care of your mental health helps to reduce the stigma that surrounds the topic.
By acknowledging the fact that everyone sometimes struggles with stress or other mental health issues, employers can show a sense of unity and acceptance.
In turn, this creates a more inclusive and collaborative working culture.
Helping employees to manage stress accordingly
Did you know that stress-related illnesses are one of the biggest causes of staff absence?
While this might shock business owners, the loss of work can be avoided.
If you create a balanced and relaxed company culture, your workforce will be happier, and therefore, healthier.
What’s more, it needn’t be an expensive process. By creating an open-door policy and simply knowing your workers, you can spot the signs of stress before they get too far.
Regular reviews, stress-risk assessments, and new tactics like mental health days can also pay dividends when it comes to creating a stress-free workplace.
Self-help tips to reduce stress in the office
It’s down to employers to ensure that their staff are receiving the support and training they need.
Having said that, there are certain things employees can do to manage their stress levels.
It’s important for staff to know their rights and what they’re entitled to.
Above all, they should feel comfortable to ask their employer if they feel like they are struggling.
After all, from taking regular breaks to flexible working, every person manages stress differently.
Reducing stress at busy periods
Although it’s known as the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful. Of course, we’re talking about Christmas!
From the financial strain to family tensions, Christmas can be a difficult time for everyone. And that’s before you even consider things such as the tight deadlines that need to be met before the office.
While it seems like a personal struggle rather than a workplace one, employers should always be mindful of any contributing factors that could cause employees unnecessary stress.