How can you support your staff?
For employees who acknowledge that they’re not coping well, there is a wealth of online resources and support available (e.g. Mind). These self-help materials offer advice on how to maintain a better work/life balance by prioritising effectively, as well as increasing exercise, making better food choices and getting quality sleep.
SME owners should direct employees to seek necessary support via their GP, occupational health service or employee counselling helplines.
Making changes to your workplace
Make your workplace environment a positive place to be, by offering support to your team through:
- Openly acknowledging the resources available such as those from charities including Mind, Rethink and Anxiety UK.
- It’s also vital to communicate with staff. This means being open with them about current pressures across the business, as well as dispelling rumours which may have a negative impact on staff morale.
- Supporting initiatives such as ‘Time to Change’ as well as promoting employee counselling help lines, and made accessible across the business.
Be mindful that changes in workplace culture need to be modelled from the top down, i.e. managers must lead by example by demonstrating healthy behaviour to their employees and ensuring they promote a healthy work/life balance.
This can include encouraging your staff to take regular breaks, as well as using all their holiday and avoiding out of hours emails. It’s also important to recognise the support systems that families bring to your employees, by inviting them to join in with social events and allowing employees to work flexibly when they have family commitments.
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