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Employee mental health: Speaking to employees about their mental concerns

Do you find yourself struggling to complete the most basic tasks lately? Do you struggle to get out of bed for another day of work? Whether it’s deadline after deadline, long working hours, or taking on more than you can chew, work can be incredibly stressful.

When left unchecked, this can become incredibly harmful for our bodies and brains. But what if we told you that communication within the workplace could improve employee mental health? Read the rest of this article, where we’ll unpack employeemental health and how introducing a supportive atmosphere might just do the trick.

Managing employees with mental health issues

Some of the things you can do to approach employees with mental health issues is to ask about how they’re doing.

You may also consider being more lenient when it comes to deadlines or how much work you give them. You could even give them some more time off during the year. By doing this, you may find better or maintained productivity and output levels from your employees. This is because ensuring employee well being can lead to less days off work.

However, employee well being is more important than company profitability. Employees are still people with feelings. Just like you, they can get stressed.

Sometimes, they might just need to be heard and get some things off their chest. This is why it’s important to keep up morale within the workplace. You may also find it worthwhile to have a support system in place. For example, training managers to better detect when employees are mentally struggling.

Questions to ask employees

Here are a variety of mental health questions to ask employees.

Depending on your relationship, you may find some questions more appropriate than others. But at the end of the day, the simple gesture of reaching out can be effective.

  • How have you been coping lately?
  • What do you struggle with the most at work?
  • How much do you enjoy your job?
  • Do you think you have a good work-life balance?
  • What can we do to support you?
  • Do you have mood swings during work?
  • What can we do to improve your work-life balance?

Talking to employees about mental health is one of the most effective things you can doin the workplace. Sometimes, stress can get the best of us. What we might need is someone to talk to and understand, or a few days off to recuperate. Employee mental health is important!

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