Strategies For Employers
Mental health affects other areas of health, just as all areas of wellbeing affect each other.
As an employer, there are steps you can take to create a mental health friendly environment for your staff. If you're an employee reading this, look for these features in the company culture of jobs you're looking for or in your current career.
Lead By Example
Model what positive mental health looks like for employees and be enthusiastic about involving employees in decision making.
- Recognize performance and achievements
- train managers to encourage participation and mentor their teams with constructive feedback
- Develop a mental health plan with input from all staff with enough resources to support the plan
- use inclusive language to foster a friendly and diverse culture
- Establish a wellbeing committee that meets regularly so employees can give feedback and play a role in creating policies
- set realistic deadlines for projects to avoid unhealthy pressure
- encourage the use of vacation time
- offer a mentor/mentee program
Implementing the Mental Health Plan
A solid plan should reflect the mission and values of the company and hold leadership accountable for following the policies. Read on for tips on how to start your plan. Find a sample mental wellbeing policy here.
- Integrate the Mental Health Plan with the existing health plan
- Make sure manager goals match the Plan goals
- Have steps to create change in the workplace that minimize negative effects on mental health
- use confidential surveys so employees can anonymously share their wellbeing if they don't feel comfortable with sharing directly
- Provide education to employees about awareness of psychological illness and how to avoid stigma
- Encourage employees to attend a mental health first aid training
- Provide affordable medical benefits that include medications, counseling, and treatment services.
- Partner with community resources and share resources with employees
Measuring and being transparent about mental health plan statistics is important for ensuring that the plan continues to meet the needs of the current staff culture. As trends change, adjustments may need to be made for the plan to remain effective.
- Create a comprehensive evaluation plan prior to implementation of the Mental Health Plan.
- Determine the cost-benefit and/or cost-effectiveness of the Plan.
- Monitor changes in employee engagement using all available metrics.
- Use all available outcomes data to review and evaluate overall Plan performance. Adjust and improve based on data insights.