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How to Improve Mental Health in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers and Employees

Good mental health and wellbeing is one of the most valuable assets to any organisation. Here are some steps employers and employees can take to improve the mental health culture of the workplace.

Tips for employers

  • Develop a mental health action plan and policy
  • Provide mental health training across the organisation
  • Adjust job roles to accommodate new responsibility
  • Publicise the organisation’s commitment to mental health
  • Evaluate the possible causes of mental ill health in the workplace and signify areas for improvement
  • Ensure senior management spend more time communicating and getting to know employees
  • Monitor employee performance and provide recognition and reward for achievements
  • Introduce networks, initiative and activities involving mental health and communicate this via the company’s intranet, news bulletins and workplace communal areas
  • Allow flexible working hours to help employees meet personal responsibilities
  • Involve employees in decision-making 

Tips for employees

    • Educate yourself on mental health and wellbeing and participate in workplace initiatives
    • Make effort to talk to your colleagues and ask them how they are feeling. Take on little tasks to help make their life easier during tough times
    • Don’t be afraid to talk to someone about your own thoughts and feelings
    • Challenge workplace ‘politics’ and speak to a manager if something is not quite right
    • Show an interest in your colleague’s opinions, cultures and beliefs
    • Build friendships with your colleagues and organise to meet up outside of the working environment
    • Make the most out of your lunch break – eat healthily, read a book, listen to music or take a stroll
    • Set a challenge by organising charity events for good causes
    • Take a break every once in a while and make the most out of your annual leave
    • Time is precious – ensure you have a good work/life balance and don’t overdo it
    • Make sure you have a good sleep pattern and listen to what your body is telling you 

Creating a positive mental health culture in the workplace requires collective efforts from both employers and employees. By implementing these tips, employers can establish a supportive environment that prioritises mental wellbeing. Meanwhile, employees can contribute by actively participating in workplace initiatives, supporting colleagues during challenging times, and advocating for a healthy work environment.

Remember, small actions can make a big difference in promoting positive mental health for everyone. Let’s create a workplace where individuals feel valued, supported, and empowered to thrive both personally and professionally. 

To learn more about Step One Charity’s accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses in Exeter and how they can benefit your organisation, visit our BeWell for Business page or get in touch with our course leader, Amy Erith at amy.erith@steponecharity.co.uk. 

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