Prioritising workplace wellbeing is more important than ever

With what looks like a plan for restrictions to be slowly lifted over the coming months, many businesses will soon be making plans for coming out of lockdown, if they haven't started already.

They’ll be considering how people can work safely and effectively whilst ensuring that any social distancing guidelines that remain are adhered to.

But how many of them will be thinking about the mental health and wellbeing of their employees when they return to work?

This challenging and changing landscape means that the mental health and wellbeing of staff has never been a more important consideration for employers and getting it right from the start could pay dividends down the line.

There has been progress in recent years amongst employers around mental health and wellbeing - and there is an increasing awareness that good mental health is as important as good physical health. But there is always room for improvement.

Employers know they need to be mindful of how they can support employee mental health post–lockdown but aren’t always sure of where to start. Communication is crucial to alleviating any fears and anxiety employees may have about returning to work.

There is an increasing awareness that good mental health is as important as good physical health

If your staff have little experience of handling or discussing mental health, working with a charity or organisation focused on this area can be a starting point to gain a greater understanding of the issues involved and how they affect individuals and businesses. It can also dispel any myths around mental health and lead to greater openness in the workplace.

Learning about the way organisations, like Lancashire Mind, help people improve their mental health and wellbeing can give managers the skills and confidence to support team members who approach them with a concern. It can also help those who experience stress, anxiety and depression feel less afraid to speak to their colleagues about how these issues affect them.

Working with us we can help you to re-think your company’s approach to mental health and develop a strategy which positions you as a forward-thinking employer who has the best interests of their staff at heart.

But perhaps most importantly for your staff and for you, introducing the topic of mental health into the workplace can help boost staff morale and productivity. If your employees feel you can recognise the issues they face you can work together to stop them escalating and help keep valuable members of staff in the workplace.

Prioritising workplace wellbeing and linking up with a mental health charity is not only the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.

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