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Wellness at Work: How to Improve Mental Health in the Office

written by Guest Blogger July 22, 2016

Is going to work a super stressful event for you? Today’s guest article by Brooke Chaplan shares some management tips to improve the workplace, and if you’re an employee, you might like to send this article to a manager that is open to boosting the bottom-line by taking care of the company’s best asset: their employees!

Businesses the world over are beginning to see that while physical health has always been a big concern in the workplace, mental health is just as important. When employees are under stress and begin to experience overload, it can negatively impact the entire company. What can your company do to ensure employees are mentally in shape?

Here are a few suggestions to help you assess and mitigate mental health concerns:

Have Mental Health Days
Some companies are seeing the value in de-stressing their employees with a mental health day. These days are geared at being fun and relaxing and work to help employees identify stressors and how they affect their work. To help employees get rid of stress, create fun activities that are geared at working out frustrations and resolving conflicts. Many studies show that this technique works out well and companies that are using these tactics find their employers are better mentally the next day.

Open Door Policies
If an employee has an issue, they need to be able to freely talk to their superiors about it. Making sure every employee knows they have someone to talk to is important. While you do not want someone in the office complaining non-stop, you do want the employees to know that they have someone they can talk to. An open door policy creates a positive work environment. Consider having specific days during the month or week dedicated to having employees ask managers question or addressing concerns.

Bring in a Behavioral Analyst
A behavioral analyst can help you to match people in specific groups and find others that work better together. By simply monitoring different behaviors, you can help create a dynamic workflow where people work more peacefully together. Not everyone is going to get along of course, but using these techniques managers can match those who work well together and those who do not. In fact, studies are finding that having a behavioral analyst on board is so valuable that your company may want to invest in the future of someone willing to step up and take on this position. Schooling like getting an applied behavior analysis masters can help provide training that is beneficial to the company.

Use Positive Reinforcement
It can be easy to punish when an employee is not doing their part, but it is also equally as important to reward for good deeds and good work. Rather than always looking at the negative side, learn to focus on the positive, and you can do wonders to boost employee morale. Have contests for employee of the month, offer gift cards and prizes for work well-done, and do things to get moral up and make work more enjoyable.

Having a great work environment starts with just a few basic steps. The environment around you will dictate how employees respond and their overall mental health. By implementing just a few positive changes, your employees will enjoy coming to work and the overall mood and health of your establishment will improve.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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