People often live in a “fight or flight” mode and have forgotten what it is like to feel “recharged” and well rested. This perception has led many people to neglect their basic mental needs, creating a crisis both in mental health and chronic diseases.
Mental health is something we all have. When we enjoy good mental health, we have a sense of purpose and direction, the energy to do the things we want to do and the ability to deal with the challenges that happen in our lives.
When we think about our physical health, we know that there’s a place for keeping ourselves fit, and a place for getting appropriate help as early as possible so we can get better. Mental health is just the same.
“The primary goal is to maximize the potential and energy of every employee.”
In short, discussing mental health in the workplace can be difficult, but it’s worth the effort. Here’s a run-down of the things to do – and what not to do – when implementing a workplace mental health initiative.
Taking micro steps to transforming the way you experience stress is utmost essential.
Be Familiarized -
Familiarize yourself with the standards and create a framework of best practices that exists.
Set goals -
When setting goals, it’s important to work with your employees to ensure that their unique needs are addressed.
Start at the organizational level -
This can fundamentally change and improve mental health in the workplace without investing millions of dollars into a new program.
Empower your managers -
Work with your managers and other team leaders to ensure they’re aware of the overall goals you’re looking to achieve, and what is expected of them in the process
Encourage Breaks -
Employers can help team members think about mental health on an individual level by, simply, letting them take breaks. Evidence shows that if you take your break, you’re actually more productive.
Take 1 min -
when you wake up in the morning before you get to the morning routine to remember what you are grateful and then set your intention for the day.
Strive for a balance -
Find a healthy balance between work & play and between activity & rest. Make time for things you enjoy. Focus on positive things in your life.
Confusing mental health initiatives with parties and perks -
like potlucks. They’re nice, but they do not impact the quality of work in the same way that an approach to psychological health and safety can
Not only for sick employee -
The biggest mistake that employers make when starting a workplace mental health initiative thinking that it should only be aimed at employees with a mental illness. Positive mental health is how you maximize the energy of every employee, it should be aimed at everyone.