Any negative impact on the mental health of employees can cause a significant drop in employee engagement.

Por yogita tulsiani

The year 2021 has started with a new enthusiasm in the workplace, welcoming employees after a long period of telecommuting. Taking into account the time to rethink company strategies, companies have recognized the need to develop the mental resilience of their employees. Working from home for almost nine months created an environment of uncertainty for employees. To drive business in today’s market environment, companies have realized the need to promote the mental health of their employees.

The emergence of COVID-19 has greatly affected the mental health of employees. According to a recent report, nearly 62% of employees globally believe that mental health issues have been one of the biggest challenges at work over the past year. Additionally, 96% of global companies provided resources for mental health. However, only one in six employees felt supported by the additional resources provided.

Employee mental health was a rare topic discussed in the corporate world. After the pandemic hit the world, it has become crucial for employers to encourage their employees to voice their concerns and personal struggles to be at peace. Many employees prefer to remain silent and are more likely to face challenges at work. This affects your mental health, which also results in lower levels of motivation and anxiety related to uncertainties.

Flexible communication

Many innovative organizations have begun to realize the need for a satisfied and engaged employee. Employee mental health has a direct influence on the workplace and requires an immediate need to establish a clear communication link to ensure that employees are heard. Given the need for open communication, HR teams and leaders in many organizations are working to prevent problems that could lead to poor employee health rather than reacting to address concerns in later stages. They understand that employees who feel burned out at work are more likely to take sick leave from work.

Creating strong and open communication demonstrates the commitment of HR leaders and the leadership team to the health of their employees. This could start with regular checks on employee challenges in their work life or physical or emotional well-being. This also establishes a sense of trust that prevents employees from interrupting your peace of mind.

Be more empathetic

You always need to balance your emotions in the workplace. Emotionally intelligent people understand the emotions of others well. Employers need to be more empathetic to their employees and handle their various circumstances. In the workplace, empathy helps develop a level of understanding in the different dynamics between subordinates and supervisors.

Concerned about the needs and challenges of employees

We all know that HR leaders cannot play the role of therapists for employees. But making the mental health of employees a priority has become imperative for them. High-performing organizations adopt programs that are highly beneficial to the overall well-being of employees, including their nutrition and physical strength. It promotes a psychologically safe work environment, free from anxiety and stress.

The best way organizations are adopting to address the needs and challenges of employees is to focus on making a positive difference in the way they think. Additionally, they are implementing programs and methods that promote work-life balance for employees. This includes employee surveys, reports, and productivity reports that can provide relevant data and metrics to HR leaders and facilitate meeting their needs.

Employee wellness programs

Any negative impact on the mental health of employees can cause a significant drop in employee engagement. Cases related to depression, stress and anxiety have become increasingly common and also result in an increasing number of other ailments such as hypertension, obesity, hormonal imbalance in women and heart disorders. To meet the needs of employees, organizations are implementing Employee Assistance Programs that are the first step in supporting their psychological well-being.

In India, the rate of implementation of such programs was in a nascent stage before 2020. However, remote work models have driven the need to mitigate the risks associated with poor mental health of employees. Organizations that adopt Employee Assistance Programs address the personal and professional needs of employees to improve their performance and productivity on the job.

conclusion

The workforce is the most valuable asset for any company. A psychologically healthy employee helps the company drive it forward and ensure sustainable success. Therefore, organizations are focusing on implementing comprehensive wellness programs. Take into consideration the different aspects of your life that empower employees to handle stressful situations and maximize productivity to stay competitive.

(The author is MD and co-founder of iXceed Solutions (Global Provider of Technology Recruiters). Opinions expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of Financial Express Online.)

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