Stressed Employees? Five Ways Mental Health Training Fosters Employee Wellbeing

Stressed Employees? Six Ways Mental Health Training Fosters Employee Wellbeing

93% of people in a recent survey said they used the past year to reflect on their lives, and 88% said the meaning of success has changed for them since the pandemic. As employers work towards creating healthy and supportive workplaces, Onebright clinicians share five practical tools for managers to foster employee well-being. 

Employee mental health remains a high priority in just about every organisation’s strategic plan. For many, remote working highlighted the need for a more balanced work-life dynamic and, in turn, more people are wondering if the companies they give so much of their time to have their best interests in mind. 

The workforce is changing. We have seen from ‘The Great Resignation’ that millions of people worldwide left their jobs to explore healthier, more balanced and meaningful work options. The pandemic unveiled a greater understanding of how people now seek more significant purpose and support in their work lives.

Organisations that are taking the lead are now offering mental health benefits like mental health training for managers and business leaders, optional funded therapy sessions and programs for teams to help build resilience during times of high stress.

But statistics reveal that hiring managers seriously underestimate how important the mental health policies of an employer are when choosing a role. Just 42% believed that their mental health strategies would be important to candidates when considering a new job.  

However, despite the benefits of mental health policies in organisations, these same statistics reveal that only 51% of employers currently have a dedicated mental health policy in place. 

If you are exploring options to collaborate with a mental health provider or want to gain more clarity on how you can better help workers manage work stressors, discover five ways organisations are benefiting from clinically-led, evidence-based mental health training. 

1. Reduces the stigma: 

When organisations invest in mental health training for management and leadership teams, it helps to validate the experiences felt by people with depression, anxiety or stress. By reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues, people are less likely to suffer in silence and more likely to reach out to someone asking for help. 

2. Boosts employee trust:

86% of employees believe their company’s culture should support mental health, according to Harvard Business Review. Implementing a mental health training program lets employees know that your organisation cares about their well-being. When employees see employers taking action and leading on something that matters to them, they are likely to become more invested. 

3. Improves Productivity & Performance:

Workers who experience stress and don’t have the tools to manage the symptoms may seek to reduce their stress through unhealthy eating or misuse of substances. Over time, this can impact job performance and affect an organisation’s overall morale and bottom line if left unnoticed or untreated.

4. Better employee health and wellness:

Employee wellness focuses mainly on physical health, but this is missing an essential piece of the puzzle. Giving employees the tools and knowledge they need to manage their mental health can improve their health outcomes long term. For example, learning skills to reduce anxiety and stress leads to better sleep, a crucial part of overall physical and mental health.

5. Build a stronger workplace community:

Common mental health concerns like stress can make team members less capable of resolving obstacles with coworkers. In addition, poor employee well-being can lead to more conflict at work and make team members withdraw or become reactive in situations. When mental health is a workplace priority, employees become more aware of how their stress can contribute to conflict among coworkers. 

Onebright for mental health training

Choosing the right mental health awareness training for your organisation is crucial for fostering employee well-being. Our mental health clinicians will design a training program to meet your unique needs and implement ongoing mental health support and resources. Get in touch with us for more information. 

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