With the average person spending around 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, it makes sense that your workplace environment makes a huge impact on your quality of life. With this in mind, it seems obvious that business owners and leaders should absolutely make mental health a priority for employees. The question is not if – but how – leaders can provide mental health support and resources in the workplace.

Mental health affects productivity and the economy, and company leaders who promote mental wellness at work will likely see the benefits of implementing these programs fairly quickly. Companies should:

  1. Create a healthy workplace: by outlining guidelines for health and safety, including prohibiting harassment and bullying, and providing support and rehabilitation for distress, burnout, substance abuse and other mental health concerns.
  2. Foster communication skills: by reducing stigma associated with mental health issues or concerns and encouraging open lines of communication, creating work environments where employees feel empowered and safe to share their own experiences.
  3. Provide training: by giving managers and supervisors the tools to recognize and respond to warning signs, and informing employees of available resources, such as weekly “recharge sessions”, where employees can take time to relax, meditate, stretch and practice deep breathing techniques.
  4. Give your employees opportunities to connect: socializing together or participating in company-wide volunteer opportunities can create deeper bonds and a renewed sense of happiness.
  5. Support your employees’ mental health: by allowing sick leave for reasons related to mental health, partnering with local mental health providers to offer free counseling on-site, incorporating support groups that allow employees to gather and discuss workplace mental health and more.
How will you make mental health a priority for your employees?

Promoting mental health in the workplace