There are many types of mental health issues but the most common in the workplace are stress, anxiety and depression. It is an employer's 'duty of care' to do all they can to support their employees' health, safety and wellbeing.
Talking about mental health is important and has many benefits for an organisation. This includes; fewer days lost to sickness and absence, improved productivity and engagement, improved teamwork and lower recruitment costs.
The first step as an employer is to create a supportive environment by treating mental and physical health equally. You also need to find ways to keep your team happy by ensuring employees are well taken care of. Some ideas are:
Once the workplace has established a healthy environment for a happy and motivated workforce, you can start to promote a healthier lifestyle. Here are some steps that employers can take to encourage this: