How Employers Can Support Your Mental Health at Work

Suffering with your mental health can be a daunting, lonely time if you don’t receive the right support. As work is an incredibly large part of your day-to-day life, struggling with your mental health and wellbeing in the workplace can be one of the most challenging tasks. If you are finding your usual work routine difficult, talking to your employer or manager could be worth considering, as they can help to support you through your recovery and make your work life a little easier. Read on to find out more about this support, and what your employer should provide to ensure you are comfortable in your role:

Good working conditions

While good working conditions should be provided by your employer for all the team, extra measures should be put in place for those struggling with mental health at work. These measures can differ depending on your individual requirements, but could include access to quiet rooms or dividing screens for those who find the busy office too overwhelming and benefit from some peace. As well as this, a light box or seat near a window can be a great help to those who need help dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

An open workplace culture

Your workplace should encourage open conversations about mental health. This will mean that you should feel able to speak openly, and without fear or judgement about your mental wellbeing and how you are feeling, to your manager or colleagues. This is an incredibly valuable culture to promote, as it prevents you from bottling issues or emotions up, which could lead to further stress and anxiety. In addition, you will feel more able to ask for help when it’s needed.

An Employee Assistance Programme

An EAP service is a great addition to your workplace, as it will give you a safe space to talk about your wellbeing with a professional who will understand what you are going through. As well as this it will ensure that you will receive any support that you may need and feel unable to get anywhere else. An added benefit to these services is that any of your colleagues who are suffering will also be able to use them if they feel like they need somewhere to turn.

Flexible working

If your current condition means that there are days when you need to attend appointments or look after your own wellbeing, suggesting flexible working may be a good idea as it can give you the opportunity to do this without questions asked. If you know which days you will have appointments or check-ups, mention these to your employer or manager as they can help you adjust your schedule to suit.

Progress meetings

Having regular progress meetings with your employer will give you a chance to update your managers on any issues you may be facing, and allow them to give you positive and constructive feedback on your progress. If your managers work remotely or are often unavailable then mentor or “buddy” systems can also be beneficial to your workplace wellbeing, as they will give you someone to speak to when you need it. As you can see, there are a few different ways that your employer can make your workday a little easier when you are recovering from mental health problems. If you need any further guidance or advice on the subject, or want more information on any of the services that we offer to pass on to your employer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of specialists, as we are always here to help.

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