In the midst of a global pandemic and sense of uncertainty that is affecting virtually every area of life, many people are struggling with mental health issues. For those who are returning to work or have been working in an essential position for months, it is especially crucial that employers take the mental well-being of their workers seriously. It’s a stressful time, and many are feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
People who have been home for months may be feeling depressed. There is a significant mental and emotional toll associated with doing nothing and having limited social contact, but it can also be an overwhelming thought to return to the workplace right now. Employers should be careful to show support in whatever way possible and make sure to have all necessary safety precautions in place.
Employers should take the time to talk with their employees about how they are feeling. It’s perfectly normal to struggle with mental health issues, and having conversations about it can help those who need help to get it. Employees who may need additional support can be connected with a professional who can help them, and an employer may want to consider an alternative work schedule for those individuals.
There are many ways to promote good mental health in the workplace. What this looks like depends on the individual workplace and the needs of the employees. This is why it is crucial to listen to concerns, provide support programs, offer ways to express concerns anonymously and without fear of reprimand, and connect those who are struggling with resources they need.
Mental health in the workplace should be a priority, regardless of the type of workplace. Employers can take steps to guide their employees through a time of uncertainty, especially when transitioning to working in an office or public-facing position again.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC