One of your biggest responsibilities as a business owner is to take good care of your staff’s wellbeing. This means taking care of each employee's mental health as well as any physical disabilities. Looking after your staff both physically and mentally will increase the likelihood of them being happy at work and therefore motivated to do well.
Statistics from mental health charity Mind, say that one in four people will experience a mental health problem every year, meaning it’s more than important to be aware of such issues than can arise in the workplace.
Mental illness is costly for employers, as very often long term absences arise as a result of too much stress both in and outside of the workplace. Other workplace factors which can cause poor mental health include too much work with little breaks, struggling to get along with colleagues and built-up stress. One or more of these factors can potentially develop into cases of depression and anxiety.
As a business owner, it is important to talk to your colleagues regularly about how they are getting on. This doesn’t have to be a discussion about work, but a general catch-up should ease their mind and let them know they are supported in the workplace. If an employee is experiencing a lot of stress or worries, a simple chat over a hot drink can sometimes really help them.
Sometimes it is appropriate to offer adjustments to an employee's usual routine to help when they are struggling. A reasonable adjustment is where changes are made to an employee’s role to make life easier for them. This can include:
Flexi-time can help support an employee’s mental health by allowing them to schedule their lives around work in a way that doesn’t sacrifice work productivity. Allowing employees to get their personal worries and duties accomplished while still working full time, means they can fully focus on themselves and their work.
Sometimes workloads can build up and put a lot of pressure on individuals to commit to deadlines. Redistributing an employee’s workload when they are struggling can stop them from worrying about not completing their deadlines on time.
A lot of stress-related mental health issues can be as a result of overworking. This can often lead to sleepless nights and tiredness. For many people, the ability to work from home can be a major factor in combating stress and improving their overall work-life balance.
Encouraging a healthy work-life balance is vital for supporting mental health in the workplace. Maintaining a good work-life balance can help prevent burnout and chronic stress from occurring, and therefore increase productivity within your business.
Chronic stress is a common health issue within the workplace and is linked to a higher risk of depression, anxiety and insomnia. It can also lead to physical consequences such as hypertension and heart problems. To ensure your staff are productive and supported in the workplace, it’s important to put additional measures in place to help prevent current or future mental health issues getting in the way of your employees being able to produce quality work.