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Promoting mental health awareness while working from home

By Angela Knox | Aug 18, 2021

 

2020 and 2021 have been a period of change for many teams. With thousands of employees working from home, and businesses scrambling to achieve a new normal, it’s not a surprise that many companies are just now managing to find a new status quo for their teams and departments.

But with WFH now an everyday part of many employees' working lives, how can businesses promote mental health working from home?

Here are just a few of the things that organisations could do to help improve mental health awareness, enhance connectivity, and provide support in a still-stressful time:

Encourage communication and conversation outside of work activities

One thing that the pandemic has taught us is that it’s easy for teams to become disjointed and for employees to feel isolated when working from home.

While, for some people, working remotely holds plenty of benefits, for others, the lack of communication beyond work-specific meetings and actions can influence their overall mental health.

Promoting better mental health for employees can be as easy as offering ways to communicate with fellow employees on their terms.

Dedicated online messaging social channels or even specific video calls can all help to reduce isolation and improve the mental health of WFH employees.

Set clear expectations for WFH

For many employees, working from home can feel like you need to be ‘always on’, whether or not you’re technically on the clock.

One of the great ways that employers can promote mental health awareness is by ensuring their staff don’t feel obligated to go above and beyond.

Whether it’s sticking to regular office hours or just cutting employees slack on Friday afternoons, setting the expectation that work is work and home is home can go a long way towards a better work-life balance, which in turn means better mental health.

Offer resources and support readily as and when needed

Whether you’re just someone who can listen, or you can provide external support from mental health professionals, or offer your employees mental health days, freely offering resources is an excellent way to improve any mental health problems employees are experiencing while working from home.

Make resources readily available and provide staff with the information they need to access them.

Promoting mental health doesn’t always have to involve taking decisive actions – it may just mean being more open towards offering support as and when it is needed.

Utilise helpful platforms

Our Keep Fit Eat Fit programme, for example, provides the ideal way to keep teams connected and improve the work from home experience.

If you want to promote better mental health practices and a happier workforce, utilising our Mind Fit resources and guidance is the ideal way to do so. We provide a range of different ways to help your employees feel more connected and involved, reducing isolation, and encouraging a more collaborative atmosphere.

 

Working from home is still relatively new for many companies – but by working proactively towards promoting better mental health working from home, you’re on the right track to supporting your employees in some of the ways they need the most.

Angela Knox

Angela Knox

I am a co-founder and director of Keep Fit Eat Fit Wellbeing Ltd and have come from a business and marketing background over many years, with a particular interest in everything to do with health, fitness and overall wellbeing. Having worked in offices for decades, I know the pitfalls of too much sitting at a desk, the challenges of fitting the gym around other commitments, and all the issues addressed within our website. The personal experiences of me and my partner Mark were the original inspiration for the concept of this website. Enjoy!