According to Mental Health America’s (MHA) Mind in the Workplace 2021 report, nine in ten employees report that their workplace stress affects their mental health.
The last year and a half was a wild ride for employers and employees alike. Due to COVID-19, people adapted to new working environments, policies, and business processes.
As you can see, the disruption and changes made since the start of 2020 have greatly impacted employees’ mental health. As a business leader, what does it look like to ramp up your wellness benefits and provide mental health perks for your employees? Here are 3 employee wellness tips that our team put together:
1. PROVIDE WELLNESS BENEFITS
Focusing on mental and physical health has never been so important. Health and wellness programs are being placed with higher importance within organizations. These programs can be anything from providing a gym membership to wellness courses to health coaching. Think outside of the box! Wellness benefits are also a great way to stay ahead of the competition and attract top talent. For more information on wellness in the workplace, click here.
2. LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES’ NEEDS
Always remember that one of the strongest qualities of a leader is someone who listens well. Listening to your employees’ needs allows them to feel seen, heard, and appreciated.
Maybe this looks like asking questions that are focused more around wellness and less around career development in your next round of one-on-one meetings with your employees? Or maybe it looks like sending out a survey to your team assessing their energy levels and capacity?
Whatever you decide to do as a leader, creating an open line of communication when it comes to wellness will create trust with your team, and in the end, they will perform better.
3. ENCOURAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES TO TAKE TIME OFF
People are more productive when they take care of themself. Studies show vacation improves focus and burn-out. Most companies offer paid time off and should encourage employees to take that time. As a leader, it is important to model this well by example and take time off yourself to take care of your wellbeing.