Building a Positive Work Culture

January 31, 2023
Building a Positive Work Culture

In the first two articles we published on company culture, we discussed "How to create habits that stick" and how to "Set your company up for success in 2023" in order to foster a stronger culture.

In the past decade, there has been a growing awareness of mental health issues and the need for companies to take active steps in encouraging healthy habits to avoid mental health problems among their employees. Companies should come up with strategies that are effective and can be implemented into everyday work routines to increase the well-being of their teams.

In a large-scale study of workplace well-being conducted by the UK charity Mind, 48% of 44,000 workers surveyed said they had experienced a mental health problem while doing their current job - but only half of these people had spoken to their employer about it.

Good company habits are central to the prevention of mental health problems and can go a long way toward creating a supportive working culture.

At times, individuals may be struggling emotionally in their personal lives as well as in their workplace. That is why it is important to learn how to recognize signs of mental health difficulties and create an environment that encourages people to speak up and seek help. By implementing certain practices, companies can foster an open dialogue regarding mental health struggles and provide workers with the support they need.

The World Health Organization reports that every $1 invested in mental health delivers a $4 return in productivity and cost savings.

In this blog post, we have gathered measures mentioned by industry experts, like Gallup and hrmorning, that explore some of the measures companies should take to prevent mental health issues among their employees:

         1. Design a positive employee experience

An employee's whole relationship with their organization is included in their employee experience. It covers every interaction a worker has with the company during their employment.

The easiest way to improve employee experience is by having good role clarity, work recognition, and appropriate development. Then look at the entire experience employees go through from the interview process to when they leave the company. How can you improve each one of those stages?  For example, you can make the interview process more efficient, have a better-prepared onboarding, provide inclusive team-building activities, and make more comfortable workplaces by adding ergonomic chairs.

By effectively managing these experience elements you can create a more human-centered work experience.

         2. Make it a Habit to Unplug from Work Often

Setting boundaries between work and personal time is essential for our well-being.

Leaders have a responsibility to set an example, and that includes setting the bar for developing healthy habits such as unplugging from work often. It’s not enough just to prioritize this habit; leaders must make it a priority themselves and ensure that they model good habits in their actions.

According to Regina Ihrke, North America's well-being leader at Willis Towers Watson, "certain industries are having difficulty filling positions, adding to the pressure on current employees."

Developing the habit of unplugging is essential for reducing burnout, increasing productivity, and generating creative ideas. Doing so requires both discipline and dedication, which is why leaders must lead by example so their team members also develop this habit.

           3. Prioritizing mental health and well-being

Employers need to prioritize the mental health and well-being of their workforce. Taking steps to improve mental health in the workplace helps promote a culture in which people feel comfortable asking for help and speaking up about mental health concerns if they have them.

Creating an environment that values and respects employees’ mental health can be done in many ways. Providing access to and encouraging the use of resources such as counseling services, mental health seminars, and mindfulness classes are just some of the ways employers can do this.

However, simply providing these resources will not get results. It is important to emphasize that individuals should be supported in utilizing these resources without stigma, making it clear that it is okay to take care of oneself mentally.

HR departments cannot make employees use these tools, nor should front-line managers pressure employees into them; employees need to be encouraged but ultimately it is their responsibility to prioritize their own well-being - EMOTAI provides all of the resources to promote its tool for free. Check how our service can help you.

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