There are a number of quick, cost effective initiatives that any small organisation can pick up today and implement in their own organisation.
Find out what you’re already doing to boost the wellbeing of your staff
There are a multitude of actions that smaller organisations often take without even realising these are positive mental health steps, such as:
- providing a break-out area for employees to connect and chat over lunch
- flexible work arrangements such as leaving early to pick up children
- sending flowers to employees when they are off work due to death in the family
- regular check-in meetings to see how employees are going
- providing opportunities to learn and share knowledge with one another
- celebrating employees’ successes
Ask staff what would improve their wellbeing at workThis could take the form of a survey or even a casual chat. You could always provide them with some ideas to get them thinking. It is important for your employees to feel heard, and as though your interest is genuine and, crucially, that the information they provide is followed up on!
Learn from the expertsRegister to watch free workplace wellbeing webinars by Sunsuper’s workplace wellbeing partner, SuperFriend. The webinars provide practical advice for employers and previous webinars can be viewed straight away!!
Put mental health on the tableLead by example and communicate that management would like to create an environment where all employees feel valued and safe to be open about their mental health. You could start by sharing SuperFriend’s Peer Support Booklet with staff to provide them with practical suggestions for listening to and supporting work colleagues who may be experiencing mental health challenges.
Take a ‘positive mental health’ approachDownload the Promoting Positive Mental Health in the Workplace resource from SuperFriend for free. The guideline helps employers to develop environments where all employees can flourish and reach their optimal potential, resulting in greater employee engagement and productivity.
Review policies and practices through a wellbeing lensLook at any policies you may have through a wellbeing lens – could they be tweaked to better enhance wellbeing? Are they employee centric, inclusive, and in line with best practice?