Employee safety is the concern of every boss. Bosses supervise the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) on security concerns and natural disasters. But what about mental health? Isn’t mental health a safety concern for employees?
For most bosses, the mental health of employees is a “gray area.” The issue of mental health of employees is so complex that most bosses ignore it. But bosses cannot divorce mental health from their employees’ performance.
It is high time for bosses like you to start building a safe and effective workplace for employees with mental illnesses. And here’s how you can do it!
If you want to transform your workplace into a mental health-friendly one, you will need more about this field. Start by doing some research on what mental health is and the different mental health illnesses. You can also attend workshops or courses on how to build a mental health-friendly workplace.
If you’re drafting safety policies on mental health, you can base them on existing guidelines. Once you’re done, have them reviewed by a professional and your employees.
Build A Culture Of Trust
A requirement in all mental health-friendly workplaces is trust. After all, how can your employees confide in you without it? You can build a trust-based workplace through a show of compassion, integrity, steadiness, and engagement. It will take time, but it will all be worth it!
Why is trust so important? For one thing, your employees will not thrive in toxic, fear-based work environments. What they need is a healthy environment where they can grow without the fear of making mistakes.
Support Your Employees
What if one of your employees is undergoing a lot of stress or has a mental health illness? To promote a mental health-friendly workplace, you’ll need to support your employees through those experiences.
What do we mean?
As an employer, you’ll need to determine if the situation calls for quick chitchat or early intervention. Learning how to handle these situations confidently and sensitively is also a must. The biggest blunder you can do is ignore the elephant in the room.
Encourage Positive Habits
Positive habits help cultivate a healthy and productive workplace. As a superior, you have the power to put that in action.
How can you do this?
For starters, you can be open to employees engaged in exercise or eat healthy foods. You can also encourage employees to take a break when you can see that they are in need of one.
But, among other things, communication is still essential. Make greeting your employees a good morning or asking them how they are doing a habit. For employees who are going through a tough time, make sure that you’re up to date with their progress.
As a leader of your company, it is your duty as the boss to ensure your employees’ well-being. Building and maintaining a mental health-friendly workplace is just one of the fulfillment of that duty. Ensuring the mental health of your employees won’t go to waste and will surely add value to your company.