Why Promoting Mental Health at Work is Important

Promoting mental health in the workplace can benefit both employers and employees by improving: productivity mood […]

Why Promoting Mental Health at Work is Important

Why Promoting Mental Health at Work is Important

Promoting mental health in the workplace can benefit both employers and employees by improving:

  • productivity
  • mood
  • employee satisfaction
  • staff retention
  • teamwork

Promoting mental health also makes economic sense because it decreases:

  • short- or long-term medical leave due to physical or mental illness brought on by workplace conditions
  • the need to replace staff
  • workplace injuries and accidents caused by the inability to focus due to stress and other mental concerns
  • rates of missed work due to stress, exhaustion or depression
  • the inability to successfully complete work

Promoting mental health in the workplace for employers includes the following.

  1. Be clear about tasks and work responsibilities.
    • Make sure job descriptions are current, clear and specific.
    • Discuss with employees how their work contributes to the organization.
  2. Assign manageable workloads.
    • Ask employees for input on how to better organize work to meet deadlines.
    • Work with employees to develop realistic project goals and work plans.
  3. Provide opportunities to learn and grow professionally.
    • Support development of interpersonal, emotional and job skills.
    • Create a mentor program that links new employees to experienced ones to nurture an environment of professional support.
    • Post jobs internally first.
  4. Have conflict and dispute resolution practices in place.
    • Use a problem-solving method that will:
      • explore the issue from everyone’s perspective
      • understand the concerns of all parties
      • develop different options
      • choose a solution that works for everyone
      • carry out the solution
      • evaluate outcomes to see if they were successful
  5. Involve employees in decision-making.
    • Discuss how their work fits into the decision-making process.
    • Give employees an opportunity to provide input and receive feedback.
  6. Recognize employee work achievements in a fair and timely manner.
    • Reward a team that works well together.
    • Celebrate important workplace anniversaries.
    • Make sure employees eat when they have to work overtime.
    • Host activities for all employees like a summer barbecue.
    • Offer flexible work arrangements.

 

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