Research conducted by Mental Health Charity MIND confirms that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers:
In these challenging times, employee wellbeing is arguably one of the most crucial factors facing business owners and could well determine the future success of your business. Put simply, right now - no business can afford to be complacent around this topic, with so many employees struggling to cope with the additional strains posed on them personally through the coronavirus pandemic.
Taking the time, and putting the right resources in place to support your people will not only strengthen your business now, but it will pay dividends for the future. But where do you start and what measures will have the best impact when people may be reluctant to share their struggles or reach out for help.
Mental health charity MIND has published a simple framework to help employers meet the challenges Coronavirus is raising for employee mental wellbeing.
This framework provides an excellent starting point for businesses to review their current activities and develop a more joined up approach.
The MIND standard, looks at :
• Taking a structured approach to mental health
• Putting tools and support in place for mental health issues
• Checking that the culture of your business contributes positively to mental health
• Making sure you proactively check in with staff regularly, in a supportive way
• Increasing confidence and skills in having effective conversations about mental wellbeing
However, every business is different and the approach taken needs to be one that suits your business. By applying these principles in a clear and measurable plan, delivered with care and sensitivity you will start to have an impact.
• Be realistic about what you can do, but make sure you you are doing something
• Prioritise and focus on areas you think will have the biggest impact
• Be prepared to invest some time and money
• Keep pushing forward, this isn’t an issue that is going away and your commitment will determine your success.
It makes business sense too, as looking after the mental health of your people is essential to looking after the performance of your business and therefore the health of your bottom-line too – something no business can afford not to bear in mind.
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