In recent years, responsibility for employee mental health has shifted from voluntary action to necessary development for organisations. According to the A recent WHO-led study, workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to
- reduce absenteeism
- increase productivity
- benefit from associated economic gains
A positive and supportive workplace can make all the difference when it comes to mental health and now more than ever, businesses have a duty of care to their workforce.
Increasing mental health provision for employees – why and how
Although the pandemic and its health consequences created urgency for employers to address their staff mental health issues, according to a survey conducted by Helix Resilience (July 2020), fewer than half of those working in London have received mental health support or advice from their employer since the pandemic hit in March. .
UK workplaces can play an important role in improving people’s mental well-being through raising awareness and by providing supports.
Here are three simple tips that anyone can implement in their workplaces designed to improve the mental well-being of our co-workers:
- Meaningful Communication:
Regular communication to see how employees are doing; creating safe spaces for people to talk openly is a great way to stay connected and maintain a sense of belonging. . Set aside time to check in with your team and ask how they feel about their day. Remember you don’t need to give advice or solve their problems. It is enough to be there with them fully for 10 minutes a week even via our cameras! Increase your team’s engagement by showing them you care about their state of mind as well as their productivity.
- Goal setting and Ownerships
Humans attach meaning and purpose to the things that are theirs! If you would like people to find joy at work, then give them ownership and purpose. Collaborate with your employer and find an achievable monthly goal. Then give the person autonomy and space to achieve it in their way. Meaningful and achievable goal settings increase motivation and self-confidence and consequently, better mental health. These all increase performance.
- Encourage talking therapy
We all experience challenges in life, which can lead to distrubances or lead to us ! Or help us grow if we learning healthy coping mechanisms. We tend to go over problems again and again when an emotional imbalance occurs. Just rehearsing how terrible we feel, may not help at all. Talking things through with someone who can help you reframe or work through your problems can be much more helpful, and that’s the role of a trained counsellor.
Help your employees by breaking the stigma associated with seeking support at your organisation. Motivate your staff to talk about their issues with a trained practitioner. Talking therapy has a positive and long-term effect on our mental wellbeing. We offer a safe and confidential space to explore any emotional distress, get a fresh perspective and build coping mechanisms for the future.
How the City Wellbeing Centre can help
Here at the new City Wellbeing Centre in Middlesex Street, launched by the Lord Mayor just last Autumn, we are providing therapeutic mental health support for people who live or work in and around the City of London.
Services at the Centre are provided by Tavistock Relationships, an internationally renowned organisation with over 70 years’ experience of supporting individuals and couples with mental health concerns and relationship problems.
Supported by the Corporation of London, our services are uniquely designed to be accessible to all irrespective of income . They are also delivered by highly trained psychotherapists for individuals, and couples and we also offer therapy to groups. At present we are talking to City firms about developing partnerships to help promote health and wellbeing for their employees.
To learn more about the services we offer please visit us at www.citywellbeingcentre.org