Taking place on the 3rd of February each year is Time to Talk Day, an awareness day that encourages individuals and organisations to have open conversations about mental health and wellbeing.
The awareness day is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in England, in partnership with Co-op.
The day is all about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. We all have mental health, by talking about it we can support ourselves and others.
Although we strongly believe that employers should raise awareness and of mental wellbeing and support their staff all year round, Time to Talk Day presents a great opportunity to promote positive wellbeing.
With that said, here is what organisations can do to support the wellbeing of their employees…
Tips for promoting positive wellbeing
Not only is it a legal and moral obligation for employers to support the wellbeing of their employees, it also makes sense from a business perspective. According to a study by Deloitte, for every £1 a business invests in mental health initiatives, they can see up to a £6 return on investment!
Fortunately, there are a number of ways that employers can help to raise awareness of mental wellbeing and help to break the negative stigma that surrounds it.
Employers should aim to create a culture where speaking openly about mental health is the norm, always reminding staff of what resources are available. By doing this, employees will understand that mental health is a topic that their employer takes seriously.
If organisations are aware that somebody might be struggling with poor mental health, they should organise meetings to discuss the topic and simply be there to listen and offer support.
Offer a good work/life balance
It is extremely common for people to get swept up in the world of work and get lost in the hours of the day. This is okay, from time to time, but if it becomes a habit, it can damage a person's personal life.
Organisations should encourage employees to work the hours they are allocated. If an employee is unable to complete their work in their allocated hours, then action must be taken. Whether this is training the employees in time management, or recruiting an extra member of staff to help spread workload, it is absolutely essential that employees aren’t pushed to the point of burnout.
Organisations often have a number of external and internal resources that offer guidance on supporting somebody’s wellbeing.
These documents should be shared with all employees and an organisation’s HR department as they can be crucial in handling mental health issues at work.
If an organisation sees that somebody is exhibiting symptoms of poor mental health, they must encourage the employees to use the resources readily available to them.
Here at iHASCO, we offer a wide range of Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources that can be downloaded and used for free! Included in this selection of resources are our Managing Employee Wellbeing Whitepaper and our Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace Whitepaper.
How we can help
Here at iHASCO, we offer a range of Mental Health & Wellbeing Training Courses that are designed to promote positive wellbeing in the workplace.
Some of our most popular courses in this bundle include:
- Mental Health Awareness Training
- Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers
- Managing Anxiety Training
- Resilience Training
- Stress Awareness & Prevention Training
- Mindfulness Training
You can claim a free, no-obligation trial and get access to all of these courses today! Alternatively, you can request a bespoke quote for your organisation and a member of our team will get in touch to discuss your organisation’s training needs.