How To Promote Mental Health And Wellbeing In The Workplace

Why Mental Health Issues Matter In The Workplace

Mental health at work has been a hot topic throughout the pandemic and the return to working environments after furlough and work from home schemes. Millions of employees are now anxious about returning to the workplace, while many others have found that remote working has helped them achieve a better work-life balance.

  • Employees work harder when they are happy.
  • Poor mental health increases human error and can spread to colleagues.
  • It costs an average of £12,000 to replace an average employee who quits.
  • Happier employees will provide better customer experiences.
  • Mental health problems cost UK businesses £45bn per year.
Lady working from home while children entertain themselves at her desk
Many are reluctant to return to the office because they have enjoyed a better work-life balance working from home.

How Can Your Business Promote Good Mental Health At Work?

The need to support employees returning to work has never been more apparent, but only a conscious and comprehensive strategy will achieve this goal. Every idea that improves mental health will indirectly boost your bottom line. Here are five of the best solutions at your disposal.

Invest In Hygiene Facilities

Covid isn’t the only source of anxiety or the root of mental health conditions. However, it is currently the hottest talking point, especially with Omicron cases growing daily.

  • Install sanitation stations in all reception areas.
  • Ensure that all W/C facilities are kept clean, stocked, and in good health.
  • Ensure that all employees have appropriate PPE products.
  • Continue to use Perspex screens and other barriers where possible.
  • Maintain strong cleaning practices throughout the working arena.

Communicate To Allay Fears

Anxiety is very natural in these testing times. Employee retention rates are 4.5x higher for companies that communicate well. Increased happiness and mental stability play into this.

  • Be clear about the precautions made and the company’s Covid protocols.
  • Open a dialogue so that employees can advise you about their issues.
  • Create a space for employees to step out of the action zone if anxiety surfaces.
  • Hire a mental health expert or offer sessions to employees who need them.
  • Offer a daily update or memo to keep all employees in the know.
Mental health and wellbeing at work makes for happy employees like these
When an employer cares about the mental health of its employees, everybody within the company benefits.

Create A Less Stressed Setting

Approximately one in four workers admit feeling stressed out by their general work setup. This is without accounting for the return to work. So, you need to build a stress-free setting.

  • Invest in the right tools and equipment for employees to work efficiently.
  • Encourage employees to speak up about any issues they face.
  • Look out for signs of workplace bullying and stamp it out.
  • Create working environments blessed with natural light and bright colours.
  • Set boundaries so that people can switch off from work outside of their shifts.

Be More Versatile

All businesses have been forced to embrace flexible working in recent times. Over 87% of workers now work flexibly or state that they want to. These are the opportune moments.

  • Allowing employees to continue WFH and hybrid working setups.
  • Consider letting employees use their own devices to reduce germ spreading.
  • Consider opening workspaces for longer and having fewer workers at any given time.
  • Hold mental health days within the workplace.
  • Support on-site workforces with outsourced services.
  • Let workers take a more autonomous approach.

Appreciate Physical Health

The close connection between physical and mental health is clear. So, promoting increased physical wellness can help combat many mental health problems.

  • Operate a cycle to work scheme or offer perks like a free gym membership.
  • Install a water cooler as hydration promotes improved mental performance.
  • Encourage workers to take regular screen breaks.
  • Allow for short exercise and snack breaks during the day.
  • Invest in stand up desks and/or ergonomic chairs.
Business man cycling to work
Cycle to work schemes are a popular way to promote mental health in the workplace.

A Few Final Thoughts on Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Mental illness manifests itself in many different ways, from eating disorders to anxiety and many more in between. For some, these conditions were exacerbated by the pandemic; now the thought of returning to the office is making them worse still.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog