We all know it is important to take care of ourselves, but we often forget. It is like flossing your teeth. We all know we should floss our teeth, but do we floss every single day like Dentists recommend? Probably not. The same rule applies for our mental health, which is especially important during these unprecedented times. In this blog, we will go over a few ways to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace so your employees can feel calm, cool and collected.

Listen to your Employees

I know this seems like a no brainer, but employees want to feel like they have a voice in their role and the company. Listen to their ideas, strengths, weaknesses, complaints, etc. This can easily be done during one on one’s or through anonymous surveys. Some key factors to highlight mental health include workload, participation within the company, recognition, working conditions and relationships in and outside of work. Talking about these topics may help identify if employees are feeling stressed and then taking appropriate actions to improve the work environment.

Value Time Off

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are not taking days off because we are not traveling as much. It is important to encourage employees to take days off even if they are not traveling or doing anything. There is nothing wrong with taking a personal day to do the things you love. It is good for the mind, body and soul. Some examples include binging your favorite Netflix show, going for a walk, hanging out with your family, cooking a new recipe, reading or painting. Taking time off allows employees to come back to work feeling rested and prevents burnout.

Celebrate the Tiny Wins

Employees want to be heard and they want to be recognized. Celebrating tiny wins might not feel natural because society likes to focus on the big picture, however, practicing this skill can help improve confidence. For example, we know to celebrate the end of a sale, but we also need to celebrate the journey that got us to close the sale. This journey could include the initial conversation with the prospect, the negotiation, and the conversion from a prospect to a client. These tiny wins are worth celebrating even if is just a message to a coworker or in a socially distanced office space, an elbow bump. Celebrating the journey gives employees confidence to keep working hard.

Mental health is more important now than ever. Implementing these ways to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace can really make a difference in your workforce. When you work with Focus, we practice these three simple ways by being the first point of contact between the employee and employer; give employees time off to prevent burnout; celebrate tiny wins through our Spotlight Awards which recognize employees who have gone above and beyond. If you would like to learn more about our services please contact us at (770) 937-0410.

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