Did you know 84% of employees have experienced symptoms of negative mental health at work, and over 50% of Millennials and Gen Zers have left roles for mental health reasons?
The good news is that individuals, managers, and company leaders can take straightforward steps to reduce the stigma of mental health, increase inclusion, and prevent burnout.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month Technology Association of Oregon hosted Jen Porter of Mind Share Partners for a Virtual Lunch & Learn focused on creating a mentally healthy workplace culture.
We discussed an overview of mental health and how it impacts work, plus tools every person can take back to their job to improve mental health culture on their team.
Mental health is a spectrum of experiences that includes stress, burnout, and mental health symptoms and conditions of all kinds. Mental health symptoms and conditions are common–1 in 5 people will have a diagnosed mental health condition each year and 60% of workers will have a symptom of a mental health condition each year. The Covid-19 outbreak has exacerbated that problem. Nearly 40% of workers say their mental health has declined since the outbreak, and 70% say this is the most stressful time of their entire career.
To manage mental health at work, people should be intentional and vulnerable in their communication. Share company resources for mental health, and make safe spaces to check-in with people on your team. Make it okay not to be okay by sharing time when you are struggling or have struggled. Make room for flexibility on your team so that people can adapt their role to their working style. Being proactive about flexibility and individual adaptations will help people be able to manage their own stress and mental health. Everyone can reduce the stigma of mental health by talking about it and providing support for those who need it.
For more information on mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak, check out Mind Share Partners’ free resources.
ABOUT MIND SHARE PARTNERS
Mind Share Partners is a nonprofit changing the culture of mental health so that both employees and organizations can thrive. We partner with companies to create lasting culture change, convene professionals in communities, and build public awareness via events and publications.