Creating a healthy workplace can help to address mental health issues before they arise. Consider some of the following options for your business:
- Flexible working policies: these are particularly useful for team members juggling family commitments, but can help with staff who may be feeling anxious or stressed at busy times in the business.
- Enforce breaks: encourage staff to take comfort and lunch breaks when possible to reset.
- Host regular catch ups: to encourage staff to discuss their work – consider continuous performance reviews, instead of annual appraisals. Creating an open culture where staff can talk to managers will help to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Set realistic goals and deadlines: overwhelming workloads and unmanageable goals all contribute to stress levels.
- Introduce a mentoring scheme: matching employees with managers to support and guide them.
- Layout of the office: introduce quiet zones or desk dividers if appropriate. If you’re in a service or retail environment, provide a quiet room or a space where staff can go for their breaks.
- Keep records of absence: record all sick days and identify any patterns which may be a cause for concern.
- Create a policy for supporting staff with mental health issues so that all managers understand how to tackle issues.
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