Amidst the day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year uncertainty of our present moment, mental well-being must become a priority for those of us working to make the world a better place. And of course, leaders and managers have a major role to play in supporting their coworkers’ mental health, especially in the area of workplace culture.
As purpose-driven professionals, your employees (and those seeking to be your employees) have a lot to contend with, even without a still-simmering global pandemic, an economy struggling to right itself, and conflict erupting at home and abroad. New research shows that 4 in 10 U.S. workers report that their mental health is in decline and that they are putting off health care measures for it – a figure that's likely even higher in the purpose-driven sector.
Fortunately, there is much you can do as a leader to be attentive, empathetic, and proactive in responding to employees' mental health needs. The resources listed below provide guidelines for understanding mental health issues in the workplace, techniques for creating a culture of wellness, and links to more detailed information on specific conditions and approaches.
In addition, you can gain a better understanding of your own mental health, and tactics for bettering it, through our resource roundup for employees and jobseekers. Be sure to bookmark it and pass it along to your people!
Marc Schultz is content editor at Work for Good.