We know how important it is for our staff that we take time to prioritise their wellbeing. As an employer, the range of mental health issues we could encounter can be considerable. It could be an individual who is feeling low and finding it hard to stay motivated at work. Someone else might be grieving and finding it difficult to see light at the end of the tunnel. Another person may be in a crisis with thoughts of ending their own life.
We have a whole range of different strategies that we can put in place to support our staff should the need arise. We are not medical professionals but we don’t shy away from these situations because we know that our support can make a massive different to an individual’s life.
We have a dedicated Mental Health First Aider and all our managers have undergone ‘managing mental health in the workplace’ training. We undergo stress risk assessments and implement wellness action plans if required. The wellness action plans have been instrumental in opening up conversations between staff and their managers, in order for them to better understand the staff members needs and experiences. This ultimately helps us to better support a staff member and address any mental health problems at work, should they be experiencing one. These conversations also help us to identify what if any reasonable adjustments might be useful to support their wellbeing and aid any recovery.
It is really important that we all remember to look after our own wellbeing as a priority, to ensure that we are in the best position to support others. Let’s take this weekend to check in with ourselves, our family and friends.