Poor Mental Health Is The Silent Enemy Ravaging Workplace

Companies should invest in research material and facilitate access to them for the employees to learn on mental health. FILE PHOTO | NMG

The 2018 report by the World Health Organization echoed that one out of four persons suffers from a form of mental illness.

Unlike physical illness, mental illness has a vivid characteristic; it is challenging to pinpoint because a lot of people put on a brave face making it hardly noticeable. In recent years, there have been extreme cases ranging from suicide and this has been a wakeup call to the employers to champion for the mental well- being. Here are steps to effectively deal with mental health at the workplace.

Train senior management

Organisations need to put in place training programmes for management to support persons living with mental health and those affected by it. A major drawback is that management tends to seek a one-size-fit-all solution without acknowledging the fact that there are systematic differences in the way people act, think and feel.

Every person is different and there is the need to decode what makes each of your employees unique and factor in how to manage that aspect of uniqueness. An example is that some employees may be resilient when faced with challenges and others are unable to wade through murky waters without any form of support and this is something that needs to be taken into consideration. Read more>>

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