How are you handling mental health in the workplace?

With 1 in 5 employees likely to suffer from poor mental health, it is vital that you keep an eye out for the possible indicators. Here are some tips for ensuring that you have healthy and happy employees for years to come.


Look for warning signs

Suddenly late for work? Uncharacteristic or confused behaviour? Lashing out at other staff members? These can all be signs that an employee’s mental health is suffering. If you have noticed that a staff member is exhibiting warning signs, it is important that you deal with the matter immediately.


Deal with the person directly

If you believe that an employee is suffering, talk to them privately about the matter. Offer any assistance that you can – people like to know that someone is there to help them through tough times. The employee may simply be having a bad day, or there may be a more serious underlying issue. Get to the bottom of what is causing the employee stress, discomfit or anxiety, and work with them to combat the issue. If possible, offer flexible working arrangements, or allow time off for the employee to work through any issues they may be facing.


Speak up and support mental health

According to Heads Up, poor mental health costs Australian businesses approximately $10.9 billion annually in lost productivity, absenteeism and compensation claims. If you believe that mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in your workplace, speak up and let employees know about it. Ensure that all workers know that they are able to speak to someone – be it a manager or fellow colleague – about what is troubling them, and what options are available to them if they are unwell. Building a healthy environment for your employees encourages them to work productively and come to you with any problems they may be facing.


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