PART 5 | Types of Employee Support

THE ADVANTAGES OF MENTAL HEALTH
SUPPORT IN THE WORKPLACE

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Support for
EMPLOYEES

The support a company can and should provide its staff members should always be variable in its method of delivery to provide employees multiple opportunities to access the help that they want. Programs need to be as accessible as possible to so that participation is more feasible and more likely.

COMPANIES SHOULD MAKE MENTAL HEALTH
SUPPORT ACCESSIBLE

HOW TO MAINTAIN POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH

There are many options that firms can implement to support their employees, as well as many areas that these supports can cover pertaining to mental health and well-being. These areas can include the following:

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • Continuing employee learning

  • Providing useful feedback

  • Promoting attendance at speaker sessions or conferences

ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT

  • Living plants and natural light in the workspace

  • Office layouts that remove distractions and encourage creativity and productivity

  • A positive office atmosphere

  • Promoting participation in volunteer events

PHYSICAL
WELLNESS

  • Gym membership and other wellness class reimbursements

  • Healthy office food choices

  • Availability of resources about improving and maintaining physical health

SOCIAL INCLUSION

  • Team development activities

  • Company-wide functions

  • Continued personal acceptance and support of all employees

MANAGERIAL
SUPPORT

  • Managerial training on maintaining positive mental health and work environments

  • Autonomy for employees

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AND NORMALIZATION

  • Mental health awareness campaigns to normalize conversations about the topic

  • Openness about mental health issues in the workplace

  • Clear communication about how to get mental health support from the company

  • Education opportunities and support on mental health

COMPANY POLICIES

  • Flexible work schedules, remote working policies, and vacation time

  • Reasonable accommodation for both expected and unexpected needs

  • Realistic compensation and good employee benefits

FINANCIAL
ADVISING

  • Availability and awareness of financial support classes and advisors

  • Resources for helping employees manage finances, such as books or online tools

COMMUNICATION

  • Company transparency

  • Clear job definition, hierarchy, and upcoming changes

  • Efficient communication about available opportunities

  • Openness to employee feedback and suggestions

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CONCLUSION: THE ADVANTAGES OF EMPLOYEE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT IN THE WORKPLACE

Many of the possible improvements listed above have been implemented in and greatly impacted companies mentioned in earlier sections as well as others. It is long advocated that happier employees make better employees, and research continuously supports this notion. Understanding the changes that companies can make to ensure they have the most content, dedicated, and productive workers is the first step a firm can make to improve itself and its ability to make a meaningful and positive impact on society.


RESEARCH CONFESSIONS

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