By Dr. Pakriti Poddar

Today’s workplaces have undergone drastic changes to create a causal, fluid environment for employees, where work-life balance is a top priority. Some organizations even allow employees to opt out of traditional formal wear and occasionally wear casual sportswear. However, despite the fact that employees are more responsive to the problems they face, one of the areas that really needs attention is the mental well-being of employees. According to a recent 7thold survey of employee well-being in India, 45% of employees reported a higher level of depression and anxiety than 30% of the self-employed. Along with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, many employees are stressed and report fatigue. This sends a clear message. Mental health problems among employees require serious support և support from employers to meet challenges և reduce emotional fatigue.

Why focus more on employee well-being than ever before?

The epidemic has changed people’s lives in many ways, with workers around the world experiencing depression, stress and anxiety for a variety of reasons. A change in work culture has forced the corporate world to fight the growing problems of employees’ mental health.
Stress and anxiety among workers are exacerbated by a variety of causes, including the loss of a loved one from COVID-19, social isolation, work-housekeeping, financial instability, and more.

The closure of offices has led to an increase in the acceptance of the model from work to home, but it has blurred the boundaries between personal and professional working hours. Taking action to address these issues has thus become a matter of time for organizations.

What can be done to support the mental well-being of employees?

Employee mental health in the workplace can be effectively addressed through the staff of the organization’s management, which will allow employees to reach their maximum potential. Here is how.

Raise the stigma արը lead by example

The past year and a half has brought new stress and uncertainty into people’s lives, further increasing the incidence of mental health disorders. To stay committed to the health and well-being of employees, leaders must go out of their way to break the mental health barrier and encourage open discussions. In order to respond quickly վելու To adapt to the unique mental health needs of different workforces, companies need to expand their mental health programs և help access employee resources. In addition, managers և staff ակտիվ should actively participate in employee meetings և share their mental health perspectives.

Mental well-being should be part of a culture of leadership

Mental health has long been viewed as an organizational risk that focuses primarily on incident-individual management. However, COVID-19 changed the equation forever. Like physical health, mental health is a big reality, և jobs need to understand that և change the course of their activities towards mental well-being.

Many organizations may be wary of starting from scratch, but this is not necessarily the case. Based on years of physical experience հավաք collective experience, companies can develop powerful approaches և actions. Mental health issues can be part of employee engagement surveys to understand employees’ real-time mental health status.

Listen, understand and support employees

People are already facing many challenges in their lives due to the effects of the epidemic. Many people still struggle with the loss of loved ones, their own health և mental health problems. During such a test, employers must listen to their employees’ concerns, understand their problems, and lend a helping hand without any judgment or bias.

Compassion and empathy are no longer pleasant qualities, but essential to better support the well-being of employees. Ers managers need to talk to employees about their problems: challenges, which in turn builds employee confidence. Ers should be proactive in their plans, ideas, and reach out to all employees of the organization so that they feel valued, cared for, and know that help is available when needed.

Final words

Employee health programs can go a long way in attracting the best talent, keeping them happy, reducing turnover and absenteeism.
The foundation of a healthy organization starts with physically and mentally healthy employees. it protects the culture of the company. Thus, the priority of employee well-being is crucial for growth and development.

Dr. Pakriti Poddar, Director, Poddar Wellness

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