Create safe spaces
Your employees may feel apprehensive about sharing their mental health experiences. This is especially true if they fear they may be viewed as unqualified for their job or incapable of taking on more responsibilities.
As a leader in your organization, you can create a safe space by making it clear to your team that they can approach you about any accommodations they might need for a mental health diagnosis or to prevent burnout.
Be mindful of the language you and your coworkers use when talking about mental health in the office. Using words like “insane,” “crazy,” or “mental” to talk about a busy week or a coworker who is stressed can have negative consequences.
Offer mental health days
When we’re sick with the flu or need to attend an appointment for chemotherapy, we don’t think twice about calling out sick. Are you viewing burnout and stress the same way in your workplace? What about time off from work after a traumatic event or to attend routine therapy sessions?
Consider that 42% of employees have left a job because of burnout. The health of your organization depends on the health of your employees. Check on your employees and make sure they’re taking the time they need to maintain good overall health.
Be proactive, not reactive
Do your employees know where to go for therapy? Are they familiar with ways to practice self-care? Seek out community partners that can speak to your employees about the resources available to them.
For example, consider having a local yoga studio lead meditation during lunch or invite a therapist to speak about stress management. A local nutritionist can even speak about eating a healthy diet. Get creative when it comes to providing resources to your employees.
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