Since 2013, Colwell Creative Content, Inc. has specialized in creating optimized website content for mental health programs all across the United States and Canada.
Because of our experience in this area, we’ve learned a lot about how employers can contribute to their team’s mental health in positive ways.
Today, we’d like to tap into that expertise and offer some ideas about how you can protect and support your employees.
1. Talk About It
There is still such a stigma surrounding mental health and that makes a lot of people reluctant to talk about it. But as an employer, you have the opportunity to change that for your company.
There are a lot of ways you can make your team more aware that you want to support them in their quest for good mental health. You could:
- Include something in an email newsletter.
- Mention it during your staff meetings.
- Let individual workers know that you want to be sensitive to any mental health needs they have during their reviews.
2. Set the Example
One of the best ways you can support your worker’s mental health is by simply setting an example for them.
Your team should know that prioritizing their own self-care is important. Burnout is a real thing, and it’s something that far too many people go through.
Let your team know when you’re taking a walk so you can get some Vitamin D. If you’ve been putting off going to therapy, stop what you’re doing and make an appointment. You could even make it known to your team that instead of going on your usual Florida vacation this year, you’re planning a staycation so you can actually relax.
3. Do Purposeful Check-Ins When Employees Transition to Other Roles
Too many employers assume that when they offer promotions to their workers, they’ll have it all under control once they begin working in those roles. There is always a time of transition, and that can be bumpy for your employees.
Make sure to check in on your team members if they’re doing work that’s new to them. Let them know that help is available if they get stuck and cultivate a climate of understanding so they don’t end up overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed.
4. Be as Flexible as You Can
If the COVID-19 pandemic taught business owners anything, it’s that working from home is possible. A lot of workers reported an increase in job satisfaction when they have the flexibility to work from home.
According to a PewResearch.org study, 76% of workers surveyed stated that they preferred to work from home because it was easier to balance their work and personal life that way.
And if working from home isn’t possible because of the type of business you have, there are other ways you can demonstrate flexibility, such as:
- Offering a monthly paid “mental health day” off.
- Allowing workers to switch shifts when needed.
- Switching to a four-day work week, if it’s possible in your industry.
- Allowing workers to work hours they choose, if possible.
Make Good Mental Health a Priority!
At Colwell Creative Content, Inc., we believe mental health is important! We do our best to listen to our team and offer them flexibility where it’s needed.
Your workplace already has its own “culture.” Is it time to reevaluate it to include support for good mental health? You’re the only one who can answer that question and make the needed changes.
Want to talk with us about how we can help your business? Contact us today and Let’s Grow Your Business Together!