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Undeniably, 2020 and 2021 have been tough in various ways. One area that’s taken a major hit is the employee well-being—including employee mental health. If you want your team to succeed moving forward, supporting mental health in the workplace is a must.
Mental health in a workplace is about creating a space within the organization that supports the mental well-being of employees. The pandemic has changed the way employees prioritize their mental health. According to a survey recently made by Aetna International, 84 percent of employees said their mental health is more important to them now than it was a year ago.
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Many companies and employees are not comfortable talking about mental health due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness, mental health conditions, and mental health struggles in general. That’s why it is very important for organizations to take the initiative and be proactive and open the dialogue and start the conversation about mental health in the workplace. The more people talk about mental health at work, the better the organization can find ways to support them.
When providing support it is also important for organizations to have policies and systems in place that actively support mental well-being. As an employer, you want to help and encourage your team member who’s struggling but also realize your responsibilities and limitations. If you want your business to thrive you must create a work culture that supports your employees’ mental and emotional well-being.