ProcessWorx acknowledges that business owners and employees may be experiencing increased anxiety, distress, and concern during these unprecedented times. Stressful circumstances can lead to mental health challenges for employees and business owners. However, 50% of managers believe that no one in their workplace is affected by mental health issues. As well as being difficult for the individual experiencing them, mental health challenges can also influence workplace productivity and can lead to absenteeism. Therefore, it is important to be prepared to support employees’ mental health, as well as looking after your own.
Symptoms can present differently, train team members to be aware of signs so that help can be provided. These signs include:
- Avoiding certain workplace activities like staff meetings
- Becoming overwhelmed
- Difficulty making decisions and meeting reasonable deadlines
- Being late, feeling tired and fatigued
- Avoiding or withdrawing from others, or getting frustrated easily
- Having a loss of confidence, negative thinking or difficulty concentrating
If an employee has been experiencing mental health challenges requiring them to take time off work, it is important that employers support their return to work by:
- Keeping in touch with them while they are not at work.
- Discussing and planning their return to work before they restart work. Including discussing the possibility of modified tasks, environments, or working hours while the employee returns to work.
- With the employee’s permission consult with their health practitioner, to see if any adjustments could be made to assist their recovery.
- Complete a Return to Work Plan for the employee to formalise the modifications.