Earlier this week we had World Mental Health Awareness Day.
However, we believe that every day should be World Mental Health Awareness Day
and we make no apologies for repeating some of the advice that we
have given in the past - it should be a habit, because it is an issue that
affects countless hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
For sufferers, they are aware of
it every day at work, at home and at leisure but this article looks at the
effect in the workplace.
Owners, directors and employees
all have to pull together to contribute to the success of a business and each
is affected by different pressures and stress which can lead to an adverse
effect on mental health.
What should we look out for?
Colleagues who have previously been great communicators becoming
withdrawn and less involved.
Previously calm colleagues being
Previously positive colleagues
having difficulty making decisions and having negative points of view.
Colleagues looking constantly
All of the above ( and it is not
an exhaustive list ) are classic symptoms of a developing mental health issue.
What should we do?
In the first instance, just talking to colleagues is a good start.
Trying to understand what the root cause of their worries could be. If it is
work related, try to assist them with workload and bring this to the attention
what if I am the employer and it gets worse?
- · This can be reflected in absence from work
impacting on costs
employees may not be comfortable in sharing the fact that they are taking
leaves because they are suffering from anxiety, depression, or stress. But, if
you notice them taking regular short-term absences, without offering any
doctor’s note then this could be a warning sign.
What to do
– Try to keep proper track of employee absence pattern. If you notice the same
employee taking regular leaves you can conduct a meeting with them so that you
can help them readjust to the workplace. It is better to have a good employee
coping with a comfortable workload than the same person being constantly absent.
- · Increasingly erratic behavior and mood
swings affecting others
people deal with too much stress it is likely to reflect in their behavioral
pattern and you will notice a change in their character and mood. Even the most
polite employee might start bullying others, may suddenly become withdrawn, or
be short tempered.
What to do
– if you notice an employee displaying such behavior then you should hold fun
and informal workshops on a regular basis, where you should also educate your
employees about mental health problems, and how it can affect their work life.
You can even offer counseling to the employees to help them further.
- · Lack of engagement & productivity
suffering from poor mental health may look lethargic and tired, find it
difficult to make decisions, and also struggle to start and complete their
assigned tasks, which affects overall productivity.
What to do
– Try to do something to vary the workload of your employees. You may share the
workload more evenly amongst team members. If offering flexible working can be
an option, this too could improve morale as many people struggle with work life
balance and this could help.
employees leave their job without even thinking about it seriously. More than
the nature of their job, the reason is poor management, a poor workplace
culture, and the way these can impact on employees.
with mental health problems may leave work because they feel they will not be
able to improve until they do something about their working environment.
What to do
– try to find out why are people resigning. You can conduct exit interviews
which allow the employees to be frank and backlash if they want to. This will
help you know what is wrong with your workplace and how you can correct it.
mental health at the workplace is very important. If your employees are happy,
satisfied, and enjoy working in your company, that will result in great
if they suffer from mental health issues then it will impact on your
productivity, in a negative way.
So, try to
keep track of any signs of mental health problems in your company, and find a
solution at the earliest.
And remember, Mayfair we care.