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Putting Mental Health First Can Help Your Company Retain More Employees

The ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to impact employees’ mental health. The majority of the workforce has experienced anxiety, depression, or other mental illness since the pandemic began.

Many of these employees are leaving their jobs because of mental health concerns. They are looking for jobs with companies that provide employee support for mental health issues.

Your company should be among the organizations providing employee mental health support. The following are some ways to reach this objective.

Discover four methods to provide employee support for mental health concerns to increase retention rates.

Create a Supportive Work Environment

Employees who feel supported by their employers tend to remain long-term.

  • Offer a flexible schedule and the ability to work remotely.
  • Provide benefits that provide access to support groups and counseling for financial pressures, social isolation, childcare, mental health, elder care, and mental health concerns.
  • Emphasize the importance of practicing self-care throughout the day.
  • Listen to employees so they feel heard and seen.
  • Make individual accommodations to facilitate the work process.
  • Remind employees to take breaks throughout the day.
  • Encourage employees to use all of their vacation days.

Train Managers to Support Employees

Employees who feel their managers care for their well-being are likely to remain with the company longer.

  • Show managers how to spot signs of emotional distress.
  • Educate managers on steps to take when they see an employee struggling.
  • Remind managers to communicate with their employees throughout the day.
  • Encourage managers to facilitate conversations about anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.
  • Provide safe spaces for managers and employees to share personal experiences with mental health issues, ask questions, and share information.

Emphasize Work-Life Balance

Employees who are encouraged to fulfill their professional and personal demands each day typically remain with the organization for an extended time.

  • Provide additional paid time off for employees to handle their personal obligations and avoid burnout.
  • Remind employees to set their work hours and not work early in the morning or late at night.
  • Encourage managers to monitor their employees’ workloads so their teams stay productive without feeling overwhelmed.
  • Emphasize engagement in social activities that align with employees’ personal interests.

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