The Mental Health Foundation's awareness week is a reminder that mental health isn't just about focusing on those who have poor mental health, but promoting best practice to achieve good mental health.
Having happy, healthy and fit employees not only improves your workplace morale, but significantly helps to boost productivity and reduce both short and long term absence.
To support you to promote good mental health in your workplace, we've come up with our five top tips to help your employees to feel tip top at work:
- Mood food
We all know that eating healthily comes with great feel-good benefits. Introducing a monthly or weekly free fruit basket for your employees to help themselves to promotes healthy eating in the workplace, whilst showing that you're a caring employer.
- Best foot forward
We're constantly being told that as a society, we spend far too much time at our desks with our minds and bodies suffering the consequences. Encourage your employees to go for a gentle thirty minute walk during their lunch break, helping them to clear their head, boost their outlook on the day and reduces the risk of chronic illnesses.
- Take the time to talk
Removing the stigma which is traditionally attached to mental health illnesses can encourage employees who are going through tough times to come forward and seek help. Hosting an informal discussion or inviting a local mental health charity representative to speak to your employees about the prevalence of mental health issues will begin to break down barriers and encourage discussion.
- Management training
Employees' line managers are usually the first people to notice if the mood of their employee has changed or if they appear to be struggling. Ensuring your managers receive the right level of education and training to understand and support those in their workforce with mental health issues.
- Introduce a health and wellbeing benefit
Health and wellbeing benefits often provide a value for money approach which helps you to supporting your employees' health and wellbeing as a whole. As an example, Simplyhealth's myWellbeing portal provides access to a confidential 24/7 advice and counselling phone line - a fantastic tool to support colleagues battling mental health problems.