Mental health is a critical issue in the workplace. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, one in five American adults experiences a mental illness in any given year. This statistic includes people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
What Causes Poor Workplace Mental Health?
There are many factors contributing to poor mental health in the workplace, including stress, long hours, and a lack of support. But one of the most key factors is a lack of communication.
When leaders don’t communicate with their employees, it will lead to a feeling of isolation and disconnection. Employees may feel like they’re not valued, or their opinions don’t matter. This will lead to a feeling of powerlessness, which will worsen mental health problems.
How to Improve Workplace Mental Health
Fortunately, there are steps leaders should take to improve workplace mental health. One of the most important things to do is to ask employees how they’re doing and what their needs are. This shows you care about their well-being and want to support them.
You should also create a supportive environment by being open about your own mental health struggles. This will help employees feel like they’re not alone, and it’s okay to talk about these issues.
Finally, make sure to provide employees with the resources they need to get help if they’re struggling with mental health problems. Mental health issues should never be ignored. If you or an employee is struggling, please seek professional help.
How to Help Individual Employees with Mental Health Issues
In addition to improving the overall mental health of your workplace, it’s also important to support individual employees who are struggling with mental health issues.
If you have an employee who is struggling, the first step is to talk to them. Let them know you’re there for them, and you want to help.
Then, provide them with the resources they need to get help. This might include mental health counseling, medication, or time off from work.
Finally, make sure to follow up with the employee to see how they’re doing. This shows you care about their well-being and want to make sure they’re getting the help they need.
By taking these steps, you will improve the mental health of your workplace and create a more supportive environment for all employees.
Help From a Professional Business Coach
If you want to hear more about improving workplace mental health, please contact me. I’m Jason Ballard, an award-winning business coach. I’ve helped hundreds of business leaders improve their businesses, and I will help you too.
I offer a free initial consultation, so please don’t hesitate to contact me today. I’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and help you create a plan to improve workplace mental health in your business.
Don’t forget to tune into the Soar Higher Podcast each week with Jason Ballard and Joel Weiland. We discuss all aspects of running a successful business, including mental health. You will find us here or on your favorite podcast app.