May is Mental Health Awareness month. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 1 in 5 adults reported a mental illness in 2020. 71% of adults reported at least one symptom of stress. With all the changes we have seen in the workplace, and the world, it is more important than ever to show your team support.
Understand how mental health impacts employees
In order to efficiently support your employees, it’s first necessary to fully understand mental health and how it can impact your team. Take note of behavior changes. If someone seems especially stressed, reach out and suggest they take a breather and get some fresh air. Consider providing managers with a mental health training so they can learn to recognize the signs of emotional distress and how to handle these situations.
Work-life balance is imperative, and with so many of us working remotely, it’s easy for those lines to get blurred. Be sure to promote balance and wellness to employees. Allowing some schedule flexibility when necessary or organizing an office yoga class can not only ease minds, but can also increase employee engagement.
Communicate and acknowledge
It is important for your team to know they can disclose as much or as little as they want. Ensuring that they feel comfortable to ask for help if needed is imperative to creating a healthy workplace. Utilize employee communications to regularly promote awareness about the importance of mental health and stress management. With regular communication, your team will not only receive helpful tips to manage stress, but will also feel comfortable and understood by leadership.
Creating an environment where employees feel supported and heard is important in today’s world. With regular communication and feedback from your team, you will be able best assist when and if needed.