Chronic stress has long
been an impediment to a healthy workplace, especially when it erodes
employee mental health. In a recent survey, 44% of U.S. workers said
they’re more burned out than they were a year ago. Heavier
workloads, lack of in-person interaction with colleagues, caring for
children or elders, and uncertainty around the pandemic have made
for a difficult year for many employees. Here are some suggestions
to help managers reduce threats to their employees’ well-being:
- Approach employee mental health thoughtfully.
Promote healthy discussions on the topic and offer a willing ear
to staff who are having a hard time dealing with frustrations
and stresses. Consider sharing your own experiences with your
team, as well.
- Communicate 2-3 times more often.
Many organizations are prioritizing employee mental health
and well-being programs because of the pandemic, but these
programs aren’t a cure-all. Talking regularly with your
team is your most powerful tool for reducing stress and
- Provide the right forum — and listen
attentively. Quick 15-min small group check-in calls,
separate from business meetings, are something staff are
likely to look forward to. Listen carefully to get an
authentic sense of how your team is feeling and coping
- Give them workload relief. If you’re
not in a position to hire additional workers at this point,
relieve some of the pressure on your staff by bringing in
skilled contract professionals to help out in the most
- Encourage time off. In a Robert Half survey,
25% of U.S. employees said they forfeited paid time off in 2020.
Encourage staff to take the time they’ve earned and to
be completely unplugged from the office while away.
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