If you struggle from depression, anxiety or any other mental condition, you are not alone. I myself have battled with depression in the past, and know just how difficult it can be to manage.
A lot of people struggle in silence when it comes to their mental health- but it’s time for us to speak openly about this topic and how it affects people in the working world.
Managing mental health in the workplace should be a top priority for managers. I’m by no means an expert, but based on my personal experience, here are three things for employers to consider with regards to managing mental health:
1. CREATE A CULTURE WHERE PEOPLE CAN SPEAK OPENLY ABOUT ISSUES:
According to recent studies, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue in any given year. Baring that in mind, it’s more important than ever for employers to foster an environment where employees feel comfortable to speak to their managers about any problems that they may be facing- especially if these problems concern their mental health and wellbeing.
Many sales companies tend to be driven purely by performance and results, but having a culture of open dialogue and encouraging your staff to look after their mental health is incredibly important. And if your employees feel supported, their performance will probably increase as a result.
2. THE BEST WAY TO APPROACH AN EMPLOYEE WHO APPEARS TO BE STRUGGLING:
Many people who suffer from depression or battle other mental illnesses tend to worry about being judged by others for their mental condition. It’s your job as their boss to reassure them that they are not about to lose their job just because of their condition, but should they be struggling- and you can see that it’s affecting their performance at the office, then speak openly about solutions that may help both of you. For some, a vacation may do them a world of good, and for others, I find that setting short-term goals can help immensely. Having something to reach and work towards is very important, and the more short-term goals they achieve, the better they’ll feel.
Let your employees know that they are valued and supported.
3. LEARN MORE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS:
Should you not be trained to identify the signs of mental illnesses, or if you’re unfamiliar with the legal requirements for accommodating them, it’s best you do your research- or speak with a trained professional who can assist. Being aware of these conditions, and being equipped to talk about them openly with your staff will make a world of difference to the people who are struggling within your organisation.