If you’re an entrepreneur, you may be planning to bring your business into the next decade. From going to the clouds to being able to cut costs while not losing productivity, there are many ways to do so. However, one important step you need to make is to consider mental health in the workplace.
This applies to an employee as well. If you’re an employee, being mindful of your own mental health in the workplace can allow you to enjoy your job and prevent burnout. Not only that, but your mental health is important. Here are a few reasons that promoting, celebrating, and having resources for strong mental health in the workplace is so important.
Business is always first, yet the mental health of your employees is also first, since that ties in with their overall productivity.
Many employees and entrepreneurs will try to put their personal feelings aside for business, but we’re only human. It’s not easy to do your best when you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or burnt out. Burnout is a big problem, especially in a job that is repetitive. If an employee feels uninspired, bored, or depressed over their work, they’re not going to do as well, and they may end up quitting altogether.
So from a business standpoint, having resources to deal with burnout is vital.
Another reason why having strong mental health in the workplace is vital is because your employees will be more energetic. Depression can bog them down, and so can poor life choices that lead to mental health problems. For example, if you don’t have a good way to promote fitness and eating right in your business, your employees may suffer as a result. Meanwhile, if you encourage your employees to eat right and exercise, be with a personal trainer or another method, your employees will feel much better.
Then, there is sleep. Many employees undersleep and could be performing better. Not getting enough rest can be traumatizing for one’s mental health. If your employee has a hectic schedule, or sleeps better at certain hours, consider changing their schedule to one that’s suitable for them.
Another thing you need to consider whenever you’re trying to promote good mental health is to make sure that all employee interactions are fruitful and not toxic. Sexual harassment, name-calling, and other forms of toxicity or negativity can be damaging for one’s mental health. Especially if someone is fearing to go to work every day because of a bad coworker. It’s important to promote friendly talk and to stomp out anyone who is making another person uncomfortable.
Sometimes, an employee knows they need to improve their mental health, but they don’t know how to go about it. Or, they may be someone who wants to seek help, but their schedule is hectic. Having a therapist or counselor on sight to help them with their problems can be beneficial for everyone involved.
If you can’t have a therapist on sight, encouraging your employees, or seeking the help of a therapist for your own problems, is important. Looking up “therapists near me” can connect you with a therapist who cares about you. Online therapy may be able to help anyone who has a hectic schedule, too.
Mentally well employees may be more confident. At work, they may have an incentive to try to work harder and grab that promotion of their dreams. Wanting employees who have confidence and aren’t afraid to reach higher can help a business overall, and it’s not something you should fear.
It’s Just the Right Thing to Do
The days where an employer doesn’t care about their employees’ mental health should be over. Besides the fact that employees who are mentally well-performing better, it’s just the decent thing to do. You don’t know what an employee is going through at home or in their workplace when no one is looking. Empathizing and being nice to your employees can help everyone grow.
So this year, promote mental health in the workplace. Whether you’re a business owner, or an employee who is trying to be more mindful of their mental health, this is always important.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.