Are you doing enough to support the mental health of your staff?

Last week’s Mental Health Awareness week focused on the fact that 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year.  It is clear that the issue of employee wellbeing has never been more important.

A poor culture at work can have a significant effect on employees’ mental health. Conducting regular engagement surveys can be a useful tool to obtain feedback on staff experience, helping to identify factors that are likely to create stress among employees and to evaluate general engagement and satisfaction with workplace practices.

The relationship between managers and their staff can have a huge impact on employee satisfaction at work and encouraging managers to adopt a positive and supportive approach not only promotes better mental health, but can drive productivity by improving motivation.

Employees should feel able to raise any issues and concerns with their managers without any fear of a consequence and therefore managers need to be trained to recognise the signs and to be able to deal properly with employee concerns.

Creating a workplace culture that supports all staff and making wellbeing a priority should be an important part of every business plan – and will result in a more effective and productive workforce.

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