5 effective ways to support your team’s mental health

5 effective ways to support your team’s mental health

For many years, mental health issues were treated like a taboo and the topic was merely brushed upon by many, especially in the corporate world. Thankfully, this has changed and modern leaders are starting to understand the importance of mental health and self-care.

A number of changes happened due to the pandemic which created a lot of uncertainty, stress, anxiety, and even depression. If there has ever been a silver lining to the pandemic, it is that it has brought a number of mental health issues out into the open, for society and businesses to address these issues correctly and not leave them behind closed doors.

As a manager, a fellow colleague, and a human being, it is vital to understand and support employees who are struggling. As a business leader, it is also your role to make sure that you create an environment where mental health and wellness is not overlooked.

There are several ways in which your company can create a safe space for everyone’s wellness. Besides always encouraging your employees to speak their minds and let you know if and when they are struggling, what else could you do as a leader to support your team’s mental health?

Notice the signs

As a leader, you should be on the lookout for any changes in your team’s behaviour, mood, under-performance or, on the contrary, working too many hours. These can all be signs that a person is internally struggling. Make sure that you are attentive to these changes and address them accordingly.

Be a listener first

Your employees are the reason that your business is growing and flourishing so lend your ear whenever you can. Take the time to understand and get to know your team. This will lead to more productivity, a change in mood and behaviour, and overall, a healthier team. It’s also important to have regular check-ins with your employees to notice any changes in behaviour or circumstances. Learn to read the signs before it gets tough so that you can take action before it’s too late.

Be a listener

Be flexible

Nowadays, most employees are looking for flexibility as one of their benefits. During difficult periods, do not be afraid to be flexible. Give your employees the option for remote working, be aware of your employees’ need for personal days and be mindful of their current life situations so that you can provide the flexibility that they need. Do not expect your team to always be in work mode.

Promote a relationship outside of work

Allow your team to get to know each other outside of work. Organise team-building events such as volunteering as a team. As a company, you can also organise company lunches and/or dinners or have specific days in which you finish slightly earlier from work and go out for drinks. Time spent outside of the office is essential to promote healthy relationships among your team. This will lead to a healthier environment in the workplace.

Outside work relationship

Build a support culture

Be sensitive to individual situations as each person will come with his/her own unique circumstances. At the end of the day, the best thing you can do as a leader is to support your employees by offering them all the help that you can provide. Be it reducing their workload, giving them the flexibility to work from home, or extra time off, building a culture of mutual support is necessary for a healthy team to flourish and succeed.

Mental health should be an important issue to business leaders as supporting it can help both your employees and your business thrive. Creating an environment that uplifts employees is key.

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