Managing mental health at work
No matter your age, occupation or working hours, work can get you down. Factors like mounting workloads, changes to your work environment or difficulties in your personal life can easily exacerbate existing mental health issues or create new ones, and it can be difficult to know where to turn. Campaigns like last week’s World Mental Health Day have helped to raise awareness of and ease the stigma surrounding mental health issues in recent years. However, with an estimated 300,000 people falling out of work due to mental health conditions every year, it’s clear that there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that employees and employers alike tackle mental health issues as effectively as possible.
How can employees manage mental health?
One of the best ways to tackle mental ill health is to talk about it. It can feel like a difficult first step to take, but talking about your problems with someone you trust – whether it’s a colleague, a family member or a mental health professional – can make a huge difference. If you’re finding work difficult for any reason, ask your manager for help and work together to make things better. Staying late at the office or taking work home may feel like the professional thing to do, but maintaining a healthy work/life balance is key.
How can employers manage mental health?
Mental ill health costs UK employers around £30bn every year, so it’s extremely important to maintain a positive work environment and manage mental health issues successfully. As an employer, it should be your goal to create a work culture that values honesty and empathy. If staff feel scared or unable to talk openly about their problems, their productivity will suffer. Look out for changes in attitude and performance, and consider having senior and management figures undergo training to best deal with mental health situations.
At Juice Personnel, we recognise the importance of honesty, integrity and understanding, and always strive to achieve satisfaction for clients and candidates alike. To find out more about what we do, call us today on 01924 377500 or email us at [email protected].
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