There are some statistics and suggestions in the article below that you should read, but I think it all comes down to this:
“Take a genuine interest in people’s well-being. Understand that they can’t simply set aside the mental health battles they’re fighting for the eight or more hours they’ll devote to their work. Understand that as a responsible leader, you have an obligation to the humanity of your team.
Thoughtfulness, compassion, and intentionality. That’s all it takes to make a difference.”
As I read about various companies and hear stories from a variety of peers, it becomes obvious that there might be two mindsets when it comes to managing people. One says these are human beings and should be treated as such. The other says these are labor costs and anything I can do to get more productivity from these “tools” for less money is good for my business.
Those might seem like extremes, and they are. I’ll have more to say about these extremes in a later blog post, but if you fall on the side of seeing your people as people, take a look at the suggestions. I truly believe that even in a company that does want to recognize the importance of mental health and support employees, it is still really difficult to talk about. It shouldn’t be that difficult. Consider how we can make it more acceptable and comfortable for everyone to prioritize their mental health.