9 October 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020: Five ways to workplace wellness

With this year's theme of 'mental wellness for all', we share five tips to help shape your people managers' approach.

10 of October marks World Mental Health Day, where we can all take time to reflect on our own mental health and what we can do to encourage conversation around how we’re feeling.

To say 2020 has been a challenge is an understatement. Whether you’re a key worker who has supported the country, someone who has been furloughed, have worked throughout or have found yourself looking for a new job, you’ve probably felt the effects mentally. But how does this impact our own work – and our colleagues’?

Mental health charity Mind report:

60% of employees say they’d feel more motivated and more likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work if their employer took action to support mental wellbeing.

With such a high impact on employer brand, what can you do to ensure that your colleagues feel truly supported in your business? 

It can feel like this is a no-brainer, but it’s the obvious things that are most often overlooked. Here are five top tips from our team of employee engagement specialists to help promote mental wellness at work.

 

Five tips to encourage mental wellness for all at work

1. Keep in touch

We’re not seeing as many people as we’re used to, which can lead to feelings of loneliness. Ensure managers are checking in with their teams to see how they’re doing and if there is anything they need – even if it’s just a five-minute pep talk, or a daily chat via text or Teams.

 

2. Consider new ways to support your teams

Each of us are individuals, meaning we work and think in different ways. While a large number of us are working from home, consider flexible working hours that cater to the early birds as well as the night owls.

 

3. Make sure your team can access the resources they need

Do you have clear guidance when it comes to mental health? Make sure your colleagues know:

  • Who their first point of contact is if they feel they’re struggling
  • What to do in a mental health emergency
  • What support (if any) the company offers in regard to mental health – and how to access it
 
4. Get talking

Giving people space and time to talk about what they need to promotes a more positive experience. Business In The Community reported that ‘75% of managers would feel confident that they would be able to talk to employees about mental health issues.’ While it’s important to make sure colleagues know they can talk to their managers about what’s bothering them, it’s even more vital that your managers are equipped to have those conversations.

 

5. Encourage breaks

Without defined office times and the lunch rush, it’s easy to find yourself sat at your desk all day every day. Encourage everyone to take breaks, walk away from their desk for a little bit and stick to their contracted hours (whether these are flexible or not) to reduce the likelihood of burnout.

 

 

Looking for more ideas?

We’re here to help. Whether you’d like to start your own wellbeing programme, discuss your strategy for encouraging mental wellness in the workplace or get some inspiration from our work with other clients, get in touch with lucy.mckerron@mccannsynergy.com.

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