Improve mental health in the workplace

1 in 5 people take a day off work due to stress. 1 in 10 people have resigned a job due to stress and 1 in 4 have thought about it.

Mental health problems at work are very common and you’re not alone. Many people feel anxious and confused about confronting the issue at work. But it’s important you feel comfortable and mentally healthy at work as you spend a lot of your time there. This goes for employers as well as employees. Here are 5 simple steps to help you… 

Ensure you take a lunch break

Go for a walk or just grab a coffee, it’s important to take a break from your desk to help your brain relax. This will help you be as productive at the end of the day as you are at the start. 

Suggest a team building exercise

Suggest a team building exercise with your colleagues. Low work place morale can lead to poor cooperation, low productivity and unhappy staff. By suggesting a meal out or a football break at lunch it will help you all feel more motivated, have a laugh and boost morale. 

Organise a meeting with you manager

If you’re unhappy at work it’s very likely your manager will want to help. Employers understand that your mental health and wellbeing is vital to your performance. Discuss reducing your workload, introducing flexible working or coming to an arrangement that works for you both. 

Maintain a healthy work life balance

Are you always the last one in the office? Are you working too many hours? Try and ensure that you draw the line between work and leisure. Don’t take your laptop home with you unless you absolutely need to or only work in a certain area of your home – so you can close the door on it. 

Speak up

Speak up. If your work expectations and demands are too much, your employer needs to know they are putting too much pressure on you.