What is a mentally healthy workplace?
Promoting mental health in the workplace benefits everyone; employees, managers, business owners and organisational leaders. Everyone has a role to play, both in looking after their own mental health and creating a mentally healthy workplace.While the places we work come in all shapes and sizes, mentally healthy working environments generally have a few things in common.
- Positive workplace culture. Put simply, they’re places where people feel good about coming to work, and everyone’s encouraged and supported.
- Stress and other risks to mental health are managed. Stress, heavy workloads, unrealistic deadlines, poor communication, uncertainty – these and other factors can all contribute to anxiety and depression, and it’s up to managers and leaders to keep them in check.
- People with mental health conditions are supported. Helping employees to stay at or return to work has clear benefits, both for the individual and the business.
- Zero-tolerance approach to discrimination. As well as being a legal requirement, protecting employees from discrimination encourages a diverse workforce and ensures everyone gets a fair go.
Creating a mentally healthy workplace isn’t as difficult as you might think. Ask us how we can help you to create strategies and programs to support your staff.