Eight Ways That Leaders Can Support Employee Mental Health

The uncertainty in the world today leads to a great deal of anxiety. People are worried about their jobs, education, family members, their health, and more, and it is still unclear what is going to happen next. This takes a toll on the mental health of many people, and it is important to support employees in these struggles. Continue reading to learn eight ways that leaders can support employee mental health.

  1. Show Vulnerability

Leaders can show vulnerability because everyone, including leaders, has been affected by the pandemic. Share your mental health struggles if you are feeling uncertain, anxious, or more. This helps employees feel more comfortable sharing when they realize that it won’t be seen as a weakness.

  1. Model Healthy Behavior

Another way for leaders to show support is by modeling healthy behavior. Show people that you are taking care of yourself. Let them know when you take a walk after lunch or if you have a therapy appointment. If you plan to have some downtime on the weekend, share that you are turning your email off to prevent yourself from burning out.

  1. Stay Connected

It is important to check in with all of your employees on a regular basis. People need to feel connected, and it is hard to know how they are feeling if you don’t check in. Make sure that you ask them how they are doing and if they need anything. Find out if they have any specific needs.

  1. Be Flexible

In the current climate, it is important to remain flexible. Things are changing, and they will continue to change. When you are flexible, your employees feel that they are able to get the mental health care that they need.

  1. Communicate More

You should communicate more than you think necessary to make sure that employees feel comfortable. Studies show that employees who think their managers don’t communicate are more likely to experience mental health decline.

  1. Invest in Training

Leaders should invest in preventative workplace mental health training for all leaders and managers. This helps them learn how to foster a mentally healthy culture, and the end result is that there will be fewer employees who suffer mental health decline from their jobs.

  1. Update Policies

With all of the changes that have occurred and the challenges of the pandemic, it is important to revisit your policies and update them to reflect the current times. You might have to change rules about work hours, time off, email, communication methods, and more.

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Based in New York, Dan Idhenga is intrigued by the realms of business, entrepreneurship, and finance. Currently, he is studying to receive his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York, from which he expects to graduate in June of 2020. With a concentration in finance, a minor in political science, and sweeping interests in global affairs and macroeconomics, Dan is looking forward to diving head-first into the workforce upon receiving his degree. Throughout his academic career, Dan Idhenga has been presented with incredible opportunities to undergo personal and professional growth, both through internships and other leadership activities made available to him through Baruch College. He has actively participated in the school’s chapter of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), 50Five Capital/Baruch Fund, and Delta Sigma Pi, the Professional Business Fraternity.

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