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Mental health: Happy mind,happy workforce

Mental health: Happy mind,happy workforce

Tue May 22 2018

Our health coach Morena  Magnanini shares her wisdom on workplace wellbeing.

This month we’re focusing on mental health in the workplace. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

This blog is a great opportunity for us here at Wind of Change to spread awareness and provide you with some information.

Research has shown that 82% of employees felt that stress had increased at work due to concerns about health, paying bills and providing for their family under the impact of illness or death. (1)

Mental Health in the workplace has proven to be a factor that influences employees performance within the company. This makes it important for employers to look at this issue with the seriousness it calls for.

In this post, we look at 4 aspects in which mental health can be improved at the workplace. In 2015-16, work-related stress accounted for 37% of all work-related ill health cases and 45 per% of all working days lost due to ill health. (2)

Connect

Evidence shows that good relationships with family, friends, colleagues and the wider community are vital for mental wellbeing. (3)

Spending more time with the people who are most important to us make us connected. By nurturing relationships we feel happier and more secure, giving a better sense of purpose.

The Working Environment

Your working environment should be one that promotes mental well-being and reduces stress. Here are two of the several tips to create such an environment:

  • Improve Work Life Balance– As the workplace evolves into a more technologically enabled environment, the ability to establish greater work life balance improves. Reduce stress and think into the future by establishing flexible work schedules, telecommuting, and other remote methods of getting the job done.
  • Give Employees a Voice- job security, layoffs and company shutdowns are a scary prospect. For those left behind, the stress of taking on more work can spiral out of control. Therefore, an open communication strategy in which employees are respected given a chance to share ideas for improvement and growth is a huge step in the right direction. (4)

Health Promotion Activities

There are various types of workplace health promotion activities, including: Health screening, including completion of a lifestyle questionnaire, measurement of blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood and urine tests. Encouraging employees to exercise during their lunch break. Nutrition Education, Stress Management Techniques, providing healthy food options in canteens. (5)

Employee assistance programmes (EAPs)

These are company-sponsored programmes designed to alleviate and assist in eliminating workplace problems caused by personal problems. These programmes typically provide supportive, diagnostic, referral and counselling treatment services. Many EAPs began as occupational alcoholism programmes and gradually evolved into broader-based efforts as employers recognized that alcoholism was not the only problem that could negatively affect job performance. (6)

This mental health month is an opportunity to raise awareness and bring to light the seriousness of the issue. Your mental health is an essential part of your overall wellbeing – so be comfortable, healthy and happy.

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