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As businesses continue to recover from the Covid-19 shutdown, the need to prioritize mental health in the workplace has become clearer than ever. Not only does mental health inform physical health (and vice versa), but a mentally healthy workforce is more productive and altogether contributes to a positive work culture. Here are four effective ways to promote mental health in the office:

1. Encourage open communication

A key component of a mentally healthy workplace is open and transparent communication. Employees must feel that they can express themselves or ask for help without fear of judgment or punishment. Regular check-ins with employees can help to validate employees’ feelings and make them feel heard. In addition, being open about your own experiences with mental health rather than hiding behind toxic positivity or hustle culture allows employees to know they are in a safe environment.

2. Keep work flexible

By offering adaptable work arrangements, you recognize that everyone has different needs. Remote work options and flexible work hours allow employees to balance their personal and professional lives as well as help them to manage their mental health needs. Studies have shown that when offered remote and hybrid works options, people feel more productive and less anxious. Those who struggle with social anxiety especially report that remote work helps them to manage their anxiety. In addition, more and more countries are experimenting with the 4-day work week, which is proving to be extremely beneficial for workers and the environment. Allowing for flexibility in the location, hours, and means of doing work has proven to have countless mental health benefits.

3. Provide mental health resources

Offering mental health resources is a tangible and necessary way to support the wellbeing of employees. One possible resource a business might provide is the Employees Assistant Program (EAP). EAPs are designed to provide counseling and support services for stress management, work-related issues, addictions and compulsive behaviors, bereavement, financial and legal issues, and a host of other situations that might affect a person’s mental health. Another option is to provide health insurance that covers therapy and psychiatry for employees. Make sure employees are aware of these services and encouraged to use them, as well as provided absolute confidentiality.

4. Create a positive physical environment

Physical surroundings can significantly affect mental health in the workplace. Natural light, comfortable seating, and an open space where employees can freely walk contribute to an overall positive atmosphere. Encourage employees to stand and shake out their limbs or take a brief walk every twenty minutes. Plants, artwork, and calming music also have ability enhance the calming aesthetic of an office space. Consider a “work free” room where employees can take their breaks throughout the day. A pleasant and inviting environment where employees don’t feel confined to their seats can influence mood and overall mental wellbeing.

Prioritizing mental health in the workplace is a shared responsibility that ultimately benefits both employers and employees. Investing in initiatives to improve and manage mental health not only boosts productivity, but also ensures the employees feel valued and empowered to bring their best selves to work every day.

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