World Mental Health Day and the importance of wellness
What is the World Mental Health Day?
The World Mental Health Day is an initiative by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to educate the world about mental health. This initiative is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) which viralizes any issues and defends against any discrimination regarding mental health.
The World Mental Health Day is celebrated every October 10th, and each year a slogan is selected for the movement. This year’s slogan for 2021 in Spain is “Mental health, a necessary right. Tomorrow it can be you.”
The pandemic and mental health
"More than 60% of employees said their company could have done more to support mental health and emotional stress during the pandemic"
"75% of employees experienced burnout due to the pandemic"
"Nearly 50% of employees under the age of 30 reported having anxiety"
Covid-19 has radically changed the way we perceive the world of work. A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that more than half of essential employees have had to deal with mental health issues. These statistics, apart from constituting a concern for all companies, should also be seen as an opportunity to implement change and grow.
How do I improve the mental health of my employees?
It is clear that to be a happy company and have employees who are committed to the company’s purpose, it is necessary to invest in the mental health of employees. For this, there are 3 aspects that an organization must consider for a basic mental health of its employees:
1. Access to support through policies and resources.
An imperative initiative for employee mental health is to establish tangible policies and resources that help employees when they find themselves in situations that threaten their mental health. Apart from simply providing centers’ contact details, a small to medium-sized company could:
- Establish policies where the employee can take actions that improve their mental health during hours or in the workplace such as: going to the gym, volunteering, or participating in team-building events.
- Provide flexible compensation plans that include such benefits.
- Implement work schedule policies that help employees adhere to reasonable work hours and breaks.
2. Education on the importance of mental health
To know whether they need to seek help, employees must know what mental health is, what the symptoms and impacts of poor mental health are, and who to turn to and how. In addition to providing basic information on aspects such as what burnout is, a company could encourage employees to do tasks or challenges that support their mental health on a weekly or daily basis.
3. Providing tools that enhance the employee experience.
To promote employees’ mental health, you need to show them that you value their work and appreciate the role they play in the organization. By providing tools that connect employees and facilitate their daily work, any company can improve employee satisfaction and their work environment.
niikiis is the HR management software that promotes well-being by promoting inclusiveness through internal communication, gathering feedback through surveys and setting alerts to remind employees to take breaks and disconnect for a moment.