If you’re a manager or employer aiming to integrate wellbeing into your workplace, it pays to find out how healthy your workplace currently is.
If you know where you are on the journey towards a healthy organisation, it will make it easier to see what you need to do when investing in the mental health of your employees.
Here are some factors to consider:
- How are mental health-related absences managed? Are they handled the same way as other absences?
- What support is available? How often are they accessed?
- Is support offered proactively and early, engaging before the person goes off sick?
- What policies and procedures are in place for managing absences?
Mental health should be treated with the same respect and seriousness as physical health.
Support should be readily available, and it’s whereabouts made clear to employees. It should not be forgotten about, or to be abandoned if no-one initially takes it up.
It should also be outlined in the organisation’s employee handbook, along with the policies and procedures in place to safeguard employees’ wellbeing.
But what next?
A good place to start is BounceBack’s free workplace wellbeing questionnaire.
It only takes 10 minutes, but it will help you answer the above questions.
It will then signpost you toward the services or procedures you may need to create a healthy workplace.