7 things organisations need to do to focus on employees' mental health

Mental health issues are rising in all parts of the world. Here are seven ways to build a happy workspace for employees.
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Most youngsters spend at least one-third of their time in the office and a happy co-working atmosphere seems to be the need of the hour. After all, focusing on company culture and employee engagement is the key to boost happiness and productivity at the workplace. A strong sense of belonging in an organisation works well for both parties, thereby resulting in lower rates of burnout and higher rates of engagement.

Nowadays, even as companies are working towards improving the milieu at the place of work, one in every five employees suffer from mental illness. What’s more, the Center for Prevention and Health estimates that mental illness and substance abuse costs employers anything around $79 and $105 billion each year. Unbelievable, right? 

Mental health problems are a major issue among millennials and business leaders need to come up with lucrative solutions to cut down on reduced performance and absenteeism.

Detecting mental disorders in itself is a challenge as it does not alter a person’s physical appearance but hover inside the mind. Identifying symptoms, such as continuous mood swings, bad temper, lack of concentration and withdrawal, could be the first step. A healthy discussion, preferably in private or among close members, is the next option. Sharing stories and keeping the doors of communication open is the biggest aid in combating mental health issues.

Dr Kedar Tilwe, Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Health Care offers some solutions for organisations to manage their employees well.

1. Have a clear and open channel of communication.

2. Nurture a sense of belonging to the organisation and a sense of 'ownership' in terms of responsibilities.

3. Implement soft skills training and programs for learning basic life skills.

4. Have open, non-judgmental platforms for voicing opinions and /or grievances.

5. Create access to in-house counsellors and initiate a mentorship/ buddy program.

6. Provide access to gym/fitness centers, yoga sessions, and regular health check-up programs if the infrastructure is available.

7. Hold sensitization sessions on mental health and wellness at regular intervals.

Most of all, getting to know employees personally is the biggest help. It also helps leaders in detecting what can hamper their work process and make them stressed. Cutting down the stigma around mental illness is essential to a happy and healthy aura at a workplace.

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