Most companies promote physical activities at work and provide many physical health benefits to its employees, but mental health is often less of a focus.
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues faced by employees these days. One of the biggest challenges for leaders is to understand the need for employee mental health awareness and spreading it. Ignoring this issue will result in employee disengagement, decrease in morale and productivity.
As leader we should find a way to address mental health issues and create opportunities for our employees to de-stress.
Create a culture that encourages employees to open up about their mental well-being. Spread awareness about common mental health challenges like depression, anxiety, social phobia etc.
Not all employees who have mental challenges feel they can come forward and talk about their problems. Sometimes as a leader, you need to go the extra mile and look for changes in behaviours.
Common symptoms that you can look for are irritability, depression, withdrawal from contact with others, loss of motivation, mood swings etc.
If someone on your team’s displaying these behaviours, it’s best to have a conversation about it. Don’t make assumptions before having the conversation; remember that your impression can be wrong too.
Choose an appropriate place to talk and ask them simple questions and encourage them to share what triggers their problem more.
Sometimes, people battling with mental health just want someone to talk to, so listen without judging or sharing opinions.
Written by Sahar Habib