The Importance of Prioritizing Mental Health in the Workplace
On and off the job, your staff are bombarded with a variety of stresses. Think about your
own busy schedule – family and personal concerns in addition to running your
successful business. In a competitive, fast-moving world, everyone experiences stress
in varying forms. At Hawkeye safety, we believe it is important to prioritize mental health
in the workplace. We want your employees to feel safe and secure just like you do, and
we know that mental health supports can help people reach their full potential.
Prioritizing Mental Health in the Workplace: Why It Matters
One in five Americans cope with a mental illness. It is suspected that many more
individuals cope with issues such as anxiety and depression and do not seek support. It
is important to recognize the signs in the workplace so that you can address them. Does
one staff member seem particularly tense or stressed? Is an employee repeatedly late?
Both of these situations could be the result of an individual having difficulties coping with mental health. Prioritizing mental health in the workplace will give you and others
opportunities to mediate among workers and solve conflicts.
How Can You Help?
Fostering an understanding environment is key to keeping all employees safe. Asking
kindly if a stressed employee is doing all right can go a long way in easing tension and
validating the feeling of being overwhelmed with all of life’s demands. Here are some
additional ideas for prioritizing mental health in the workplace.
- Take the time to hold a workplace-wide event surrounding mental health safety.
Educate your employees on basic mediation and stress management.
Occasional seminars like this may help staff feel more open about reaching out if
they begin experiencing serious issues.
- Offer mental health coverage on your company insurance plans, if finances
permit. That way, employees can seek professional support if they wish.
- Remind workers generally at any meetings or trainings to reach out with
questions or issues. Find a way to make yourself available, in spite of many
workers needing to be on varying sites to complete projects. Can they best reach
you or someone else by email or phone if things come up?
Maintain a Safe and Secure Work Environment
We at Hawkeye Safety want your employees to stay safe physically as well as
communicate effectively to work through mental health concerns. We know that
prioritizing mental health in the workplace will lead to collaboration and openness
among workers and staff.
We are familiar with all OSHA standards and help construction businesses of every size to keep workers and sites safe around the clock. We pride ourselves on being “the only safety department you will ever need.” To learn more about our trainings designed to help businesses in your industry, contact us today by calling (800) 565-1157 or visiting our website.