Support the Emotional Wellbeing of Employees

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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

  • Have a policy that supports employees who have mental health conditions, including leaves of absence and plans for returning to work.
  • Have a policy addressing the use of alcohol and substances at work and work-related functions.
  • Provide training for supervisors on recognizing and responding to performance issues that may signal distress.
  • Provide orientation for employees on workplace policies and support for mental health and substance use recovery.
  • Provide stress-reduction activities at the workplace.
  •  Ensure that all employees are welcomed and included in workplace activities and wellness programs, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, race or ethnicity.
  • Provide education to employees on mental health and substance use, such as health messages, screenings or on-site classes or clinics.
  • Provide employees with a list of local resources on mental health and substance use support.
  • Provide employees with information on the mental health benefits offered through the organziation's insurance.
  • Provide access to an employee assistance program.
  • Allow employees to access support services during working hours.
  • Promote responsible drinking at work-related events where alcohol is present.

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