Tips for better mental health in the office

Tips For Better Mental Health In The Office

We are currently promoting healthier workplaces, in our last post we discussed many things we are doing (and that you can do too) in the office in order to foster a better business. If you and your workforce are healthier, you are more able to do great work. Sleep can be a huge factor in work productivity. People afflicted with sleep problems often lose concentration during the working hours of the day. Luckily, there are smart pills on BuyModafinilOnline anyone can safely try.

Doing great work is one of our key drivers, one of the things about us is that we don’t think ‘good’ quite cuts it, so after the last post which was all about physical health – we thought we’d explore how mental health can be improved in the office too.

You can be fit as a fiddle, but if your brain is misfiring and you’re not quite ‘on’ you could find your productivity and general satisfaction goes down. This post will cover how you can improve mental wellbeing. After all it’s mind and body combined that help promote a healthier office for which if the problem is due to the location, you can use this link to find office space at Fripp Warehousing.

What Makes A Mind Go Mushy?

Sometimes you just aren’t functioning correctly, but there are common ways that people get to the ‘burnout’ stage which are entirely avoidable. Some things to avoid in order to prevent your mind going mushy include the following:

  • Fatigue – Tiredness is one of the most common causes of losing your mental edge at work. We all get busy, but aside from encouraging proper rest for staff there are a few other things you can do. Flexibility allowing employees to work from home occasionally can help, especially with longer commutes and child care responsibilities. With flexible working you can ensure busy staff don’t get fatigued. You can also offer employees ‘breakout areas’ where they can relax during breaks.
  • Overburn – Most people want to get their work done, but when you attack a project with 100% gusto you can only keep that effort up for so long. Many projects are longer term and normally take time to complete, so it’s best to pace yourself. It’s a bit like sprinting ahead in a marathon – if you burn out you might not be able to complete the task. Keeping balance on work with regular lunch breaks and pauses during the day helps stop this happening. For example, we have a ping pong table at our offices where people can focus on a quick game to break up the day.
  • Directionlessness – If you don’t give staff proper direction, it can mean a lack of clarity of what they should be doing with their time. We are working to improve the direction of every individual – as well as the company as a whole – with new objective led initiatives. Management issues like lack of clear communication can make an employee’s mind scattered and confused as to what the overall goals are, but making sure everyone has a clear sense of direction means staff are more ‘switched on’ and know what to focus on.

So now we know how a mind can go a bit soft around edges at work, but let’s take a look at some of the more practical things you can do to make sure that doesn’t happen too often.

What Can I Do To Help Mental Health At Work?

If you’re a business owner with employees you are going to want the healthiest workforce you can get, and you can actively promote mental health in a company – or you could even do it for yourself if you work on your own.

Some things to remember when promoting mental health at work:

  • Support Is A Big Thing – People have individual lives and individual problems, so you never really know how they are outside of work. Life throws up many issues and providing support is a great way to give staff an option to approach someone, perhaps a dedicated member of management, about mental or personal issues. We use employee assistance programme HealthAssured to give the option of talking to a professional, whether that’s help dealing with bereavement, debt or family matters. It’s important for mental health to offer support and make clear to staff the procedure for getting advice and help when they need it.
  • Demanding The World Can Cost The World – Some offices struggle with a sense of perfection, trying to be overly ambitious. The reality is that it is good to be ambitious – but not good to be unrealistic. Your goals are there to drive the company forward, not your staff’s energy levels downwards. So, be challenging and engaging with work demands (if you work for yourself this is particularly important as it is set by you) but remain realistic in terms of expectations.
  • Listen – Being approachable and amenable to staff doesn’t mean you have to be a luvvy duvvy ‘friend’ boss. Make sure you’re open to listening to people’s concerns, and acting on them, and you can promote wellbeing. It’s not a top down dictation from the management, it’s a two way conversation. Make sure your ears are open and you listen to feedback. A good tip, and something we do, is to ask for anonymous feedback around the office in the form of surveys.

Mental health in the office can be improved by living the above values, but what are the business benefits of a mentally healthy office?

Business Benefits Of A Mentally Healthy Office.

You might be thinking “Of course I want staff to be happy, but if it doesn’t benefit the business it’s not my no. 1 concern”. Fair enough. But there are plenty of real ways that an office that promotes better mental health does better business – these include the following:

  • Productivity – Fitter, happier, more productive. It’s a 3 step process. Happier staff make better workers. A study from the University of Warwick found that “Unhappiness in the background can be conceived of as an employee’s (rational) need to devote psychic attention away from the job task. Happier workers need to do so less. In consequence, they achieve higher productivity”. The science correlating positively with productivity is hard to deny, it’s a clear business benefit of mental health.
  • Positivity – You don’t want a reputation, internally or externally, as a business that doesn’t treat its staff well. Positivity that is truly infectious and can help form a good company culture that can’t be bought. When people are positive they are more likely to really appreciate their work and make the effort to do their jobs to a high standard.
  • Innovation – You can’t come up with a great new idea when you’re miserable, so mental health in the office can spark innovation. It makes it more likely for people to share, develop and find new ideas – which is great if you run a business as it means people bring their ideas to you and you can implement their innovative ideas for an even more effective company. A change in environment to get your staff working more productively and feel positive about the company they work for can also help, you can even hire professional office movers Melbourne to make your move stress free.

The practical business benefits of mental health in the workplace are undeniable, and they can really promote a higher functioning company as a whole. As a result it’s important to do.

Having The Mental Health Mentality

Focussing on the mental health of the office is a great thing to do, and coupled with physical health you can ensure you have a much healthier, happier and more productive office that is capable of achieving the best it can.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more news and updates on our health and wellbeing week. The ‘Tips from the team’ section is particularly relevant to this post and so is a good place to start.

By Alex Novakovic at MadeSimple – Follow Alex on Google+

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