You might have some employees who face mental health problems due to
various factors. It’s even worse now that they have to stay home due to the
lockdown policies. Not everyone is doing well because of these measures. As a
business owner, you shouldn’t only be concerned of your profits. You should
also find a way to help your employees who face mental health issues.
Keep in touch with them in private
If you can call your employees or send them a message, it would help.
You want them to feel that they can count on you for help. They might not find
it easy to discuss with you about their mental health issues at first. However,
if they feel comfortable, they might start to open up. The truth is that you
should always be available for them not only at this time, but even in regular
working days. Everyone goes through challenges, and it’s not easy to keep
Recommend support groups
If your employees have problems but are not keen in discussing them with
can recommend support groups. They can talk to other people who can relate
to them. Whether it’s drug addiction, alcoholism, or gambling problems, there
are support groups available for them. You don’t need to force them if they
don’t want to, but make them aware that it’s an option for them.
Support mental health care fees
Some of your employees might already need help from a mental health
professional. It’s not enough for them to simply discuss issues with someone
they know. They would rather have someone who knows how to navigate they are
difficult emotional struggles. The only problem is that they might not afford
paying for a mental health professional. You have to let them know that you can
support them by paying the necessary fees.
Hold group meetings
Several companies are doing
regular meetings even during the quarantine period. You can do the same
thing. However, instead of only talking about topics related to your business,
you can have other discussions. Use the time to check in with them and make
sure that everyone is doing well. You can also play some fun games and
getting-to-know activities. Your employees just need someone to talk to, and
not feel alone. Avoid conducting meetings that will make your employees feel
immense pressure to deliver.
It’s not an easy time for everyone. It’s something that no one has ever
faced before. We just have to be there for each other. It’s not time to bring
back all work-related issues or bear grudge against other people. If there are
people around us who face mental health issues, we need to be kinder to them.
You also have to evaluate yourself and see if you are doing well. You might
think that you’re fine, but you also go through a lot of challenges.
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