The boundaries between work and personal life are fading, which can make it difficult for some people to step back from their work. After hours and during both weekends and holidays. As an employer, how do you help ensure that your employees are able to return to work well rested and feeling relaxed after a holiday? The following 5 tips will provide them with the right tools to truly disconnect.
4 tips to address the issue of mental well-being at work
Being able to talk about mental well-being in the workplace is a major challenge for many employers. Don’t you know how to go about this as an organisation? Vanbreda Risk & Benefits and BloomUp join forces to help your organisation in this area. Here are four practical tips to get started.
1. Create the opportunity for it
Clovis Six, CEO of BloomUp: “Just as you discuss daily activities and tasks, make time for a mental check-up with your team members. As a manager, schedule interviews about well-being with your staff. Or include a moment in team meetings when everyone can share what is going well and what they are struggling with.”
2. Set a good example
Be aware that you as a team leader or member of the management team are also allowed to show your vulnerable side. It makes staff members feel confident about opening up when they notice that their team leader does the same. Evelyne Lauwers, General Manager Health Care at Vanbreda: “There is nothing wrong with a manager sharing his or her mental concerns with the team. Quite the opposite. It creates identifiability and a stronger bond between the members.”
3. Offer tools for mental support
Evelyne Lauwers: “Back your words with actions. By merely telling people that there is openness about mental well-being within your organisation, you will change little in practice. Show that you are serious by taking action. For example, offer tools to employees who need individual support. A platform like BloomUp can help to support your staff.”
4. Communicate regularly
Regularly draw attention to mental well-being. For example at regular intervals via the intranet or the internal newsletter. Clovis Six: “This can be done very simply and easily in the form of tips & tricks. Regular reminders have more long-term impact than a big one-time action.”
We don’t need to tell you as a caring employer how important good mental health is for your employees to do their jobs well. Employees who do not feel good are also at greater risk of dropping out. Being able to talk about mental well-being in the workplace is therefore a major challenge for many employers. How do you approach this as an organisation and what are the benefits? Vanbreda Risk & Benefits and BloomUp join forces to help your organisation in this area.
Did you know that 36% of long-term absenteeism in the workplace is due to psychosocial causes such as burnout and depression? This alarming figure emphasises the growing importance of mental health support in the workplace.