I talk often about mental health in the workplace here, because it really is important to me. I am a firm believer that retaining talented individuals requires caring about them and looking out for them. We can have further discussions about how the best ways to help them with mental health issues, burnout, stress, etc. but before you do that you have to do the basics. This is why the research from the UK is so disappointing.
“Nearly half of employees did not receive any wellbeing check-ins from their employer last year, research has revealed, leading to calls for firms to do more to listen to and support their staff.
In a poll of 2,000 workers, conducted by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA), 48 per cent said their workplace had not checked in on their mental health in the past year, up from 25 per cent in 2021.”
You cannot claim to care about the people who work for you, and not even check in on their well-being. Those two things do not go together at all. We have to get to that very minimum level before we can do more, and if we can’t even be bothered to get there, I see no reason why anyone with a choice would want to continue working for you.