Many employed adults are affected by mental health conditions that interfere with their personal and professional success and wellbeing. Work-related stress is also a major issue for many people, contributing to poor physical and emotional health, as well as decreased productivity and job satisfaction. Creating a workplace culture and environment that supports the emotional wellbeing of all employees can result in healthier and more productive employees.

 

Recommended Strategies

Education and Awareness

  • Share education on personal stress management.
  • Promote an Employee Assistance Program or local mental health resources.
  • Provide education on mental health and substance use.
  • Provide employee orientation on workplace policies and support for mental health and substance use recovery.
  • Provide employees with information on the mental health benefits offered through the organization’s insurance.

On-Site Support

  • Offer stress management opportunities.
  • Offer workshops on mental health and substance use.
  • Participate as a business in one community engagement activity.
  • Create and maintain a dedicated quiet space for relaxation.
  • Provide free or subsidized lifestyle coaching, counseling or self-management programs.

Policy Change

  • Provide supervisory trainings on increasing support for employee wellbeing.
  • Have a policy that supports employees who have mental health issues, including leaves of absence and plans for returning to work.
  • Allow employees to access support services during working hours.
  • Have a policy addressing the use of alcohol and substances at work and work-related functions, and promote responsible drinking at work-related events where alcohol is present.

 

Related Resources

 

For more information, download the Mental Health-Friendly section of the Worksite Wellness Toolkit!

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