Poor mental health affects half of all employees, according to a survey of 44,000 people carried out by the mental health charity Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/.

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed at certain times, being under pressure is a normal part of life.  However, becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

The day to day demands and pressures of work should not be a barrier to good mental health.  There are lots of things we experience at work that can trigger stress, for example, long hours, uncontrollable workloads and difficult interpersonal relationships to name a few.

Organisations need to put as much importance to mental health of their workforce as they would to physical health.  This means ensuring that good practice spreads through every layer of their organisation.  Whether a larger or smaller organisation mental health should be seen not as a drain on resources but as a positive investment on the wellbeing of their staff.

A survey of 2,000 people for Investors in People has found three in five believed their mental health had been negatively affected by their work, while only a third said their mental wellbeing was supported by their employer.

Some tips include:

  • Supportive Culture – Fostering a culture where praise and feedback is regularly given and where there is always room to allow for areas of development.
  • Regular checks – Regularly assess the wellbeing of your staff, recognising the factors affecting staff mental wellbeing and encouraging communication to establish positive morale and increase in productivity.
  • Clear roles – Supporting staff to have a clear understanding of objectives and providing opportunities for learning and development.
  • Train in Mental Health – Build confidence in dealing with mental health by attending relevant courses so we get familiarised with mental health support options and how to best deal with their staff.
  • Regular Feedback – Remembering that we are all individuals and require different levels of support, therefore, communication and a better understanding of the needs of individual team members is imperative.

Source – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45470517 and https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44103085

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