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Mental Health & Your Workplace: Steps to Take 24th Oct 2017

10th October was the World Mental Health Awareness Day, acknowledged as a global occasion to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. As mental health issues start to become the plague of our age and one in three “sick notes” handed out byGPs are for mental health problems, this is a concern that affects us all – employers and employees. So, what are the 3 first steps employers can take to create a more supportive workplace?

1 – Invest in Building a Real Team

The terms “team” and “teamwork” are buzzwords of the business scene however it is essential to make sure it goes beyond just a word. Employers need to ensure trust and rapport is present between their employees to ensure they can talk to each other at difficult times.  This can be achieved by creating environments and opportunities for employees to interact with each other on a regular basis.  

2- Raise Awareness for Support & Training

It is crucial for employers to lay out support & training options for the employees who are in need. In many large organisations, corporate mental health training is part of the culture. It is very beneficial to introduce workshops addressing specific mental health issues such as stress management, anxiety or even sleep management.  

3- Be Flexible

Reasonable adjustments are necessary to help any employee who is suffering from a mental health issue. Where the nature of the business permits, flexible working hours can aid an employee dealing with a mental health problem.  

 

These are just a few essentials to keep mental health in the agenda at your workplace. It can affect any of us at any point in our lives so it is extremely important to acknowledge and start talking about this more frequently. Targetspace are proud to work with a range of companies supporting their staff through these issues. If you would like to find out more about the offices available get in touch here.        

 

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