March 28, 2022

StC Supporting Workplace Mental Health

It’s OK not to be OK – we hear this saying a lot now, but what does it actually mean and how can we support everyone in the workplace?

In its simplest terms it means there is absolutely nothing wrong for any of us to say we’re not feeling so great, the difficulty is that there is still a stigma around mental health issues and it takes a heap of courage to ask for help.

Mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety can have a huge impact on an individual, and we spend lots of time with our colleagues, for example the average worker spends 50% of their time with their work mates, 30% with their family and less than 10% with their friends.

The impact of mental health issues can be felt across the workplace – from increased absences, negative impact on productivity, increase of costs in dealing with issues.

Employers have a ‘duty of care’. This means they must do all they reasonably can to support their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing.

So, how do we help?

  • We have created a supportive environment by encouraging all colleagues to feel free to talk openly about mental health
  • We have regular one to one sessions with management to discuss any issues
  • We encourage positive mental health and we actively seek relevant information and share with our team
  • Each member of our team will happily listen to another team member and understands that sometimes people just need to offload.
  • We actively promote a good work / life balance
  • Management complete mental health training to help better understand issues
  • We encourage fresh air breaks!

Addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity by 12%, it increases morale, working conditions are better and physical health can be boosted.

Please take the time today to ask a colleague if they are OK, it really could be the conversation opener they need.

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