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3 Ways Employers Can Support Employee Mental Health

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in the US has a mental illness? An organization’s growth and success heavily rely on its employees, which means that taking care of them should be a top priority. Whether it's pandemic-related or simply everyday stress, business owners should look out for their employees by being aware of mental health issues and offering the appropriate employee benefits.

With another Mental Health Awareness Month behind us, it's important to continue supporting the well-being of your employees. Here are a few suggestions.

1. Create a Supportive Culture

Creating a supportive office culture can be a great first step in helping improve employee well-being. Work with a human resources (HR) professional to normalize mental health and help-seeking within the workplace. If there is no fear of a stigma associated with asking for help, employees may be more likely to do so.

Providing training for managers and supervisors on how best to support those struggling with their emotional well-being can also improve upon any efforts to create a supportive office culture.

Introducing wellness initiatives into the workplace can also be a great way to include mental health and health awareness within your office culture. For example, a member of your human resources (HR) team could bring in providers to teach yoga or meditation classes as a team-building event.

2. Provide Employee Benefits

If you offer an employee assistance program (EAP), that includes counseling services and other benefits, make sure employees know that it's available to them.

Business owners can ease personal stresses by providing affordable, robust employee health benefits and financial wellness offerings. The designated insurance provider may offer free resources that could assist with mental health.

Consider bringing someone from human resources or the organization that provides your benefits to go over what exactly is available to employees. Promoting these offerings shows employees that you are actively looking to provide assistance.

3. Recognize the Signs of Burnout

No matter how much you do to promote their mental wellbeing, employees may still become overwhelmed in the workplace. Promoting a work-life balance is something that many companies say they do, but when it comes down to it, there's often no real balance. If this is the case, employees may feel like they are expected to put work above all else.

Ensure that your employees are actually taking their vacation time and are given the opportunity to use flex time to attend doctor's appointments or family-related events. Don't expect them to be actively looking at their email after work hours and on the weekends too.

Many employers are also embracing remote work as a way to reduce burnout. Introducing hybrid workplace models and “work-from-anywhere” days are a few ways to give employees a bit more flexibility as to how they work.

It's Time to Start Paying Attention to Employee Mental Health

For employers, every month should be a month to highlight mental health awareness. Now is the perfect time to start demonstrating to your employees that their mental well-being is important.

SynchronyHR, a human resources outsourcing organization, recognizes the importance of employee health and wellness. Contact us today if you are looking to provide your employees with corporate-style employee benefits for small businesses, including medical, dental, vision, supplemental insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement plans, and EAP programs.

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