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Fostering Workplace Wellness

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Part of what makes a company productive and successful is creating an environment in which both leadership and employees can thrive. When a business cultivates a culture of comfort among its employees, it leads them to be more inspired and collaborative, giving the company the resources it needs to succeed.

With conversations around mental health becoming increasingly popular, it isn’t out of the blue that businesses are starting to consider mental health in the workplace.

“We’re talking about it [mental health] in the workplace in ways we haven’t before,” said Maggie Young, president of SWEAP Connections. “A high percentage of people will leave because of their relationship with their supervisor. And we don’t talk about supervisory training enough when we talk about healthy workplaces.”

Young said that employees’ relationships with their supervisors are key to retention and morale within an office. Natalie Ghidotti, founder and CEO of Ghidotti, agrees that mental health plays a role in the work environment and strives to cultivate positive relationships between her and her team.

“It’s, frankly, everything,” Ghidotti said. “We all live these holistic lives, and that is truly a work-life situation. People bring their personal lives into the office all the time because that’s just human nature.”

Often, Ghidotti and her team will leave the office for a team outing and get lunch or leave a little earlier at the end of the day for a happy hour. For her, letting the team know she sees them working hard and they deserve a fun break brings about a deeper level of connection.

According to Ghidotti, executives who don’t want to see personal and work lives mix are “missing the mark.”

“If we want successful businesses and we want thriving teams, we have to know that we play a part in employees’ mental health,” Ghidotti said.

Management training is just one of many ways those in leadership roles can work toward providing a happier work environment for their team members.

“I think we, as business owners, need to be aware of that and create working environments that support our team members in all of their mental health needs,” Ghidotti said.

Occasionally, situations with mental health can need deeper care than the office can provide, which is where proper coverage comes into play.

Whether it’s in their insurance plan or coming from a third-party provider, more often, employees are looking for an employer that provides some type of mental health care.

These days, most insurance plans include some sort of mental health coverage. However, employee assistance programs and other third-party services are increasing in popularity and can be used in a variety of ways.

For example, with SWEAP, employees have access to “individual family and marriage counseling, on-site crisis response services and training,” said Young.

Assistance programs such as SWEAP aim to reduce barriers to mental health care by making services free and confidential and providing care in the easiest way for the seeker with phone, video or face-to-face meetings.

By implementing these services and benefits, not only will employees find greater value and satisfaction in their work, but the company will be in a position to thrive and reach its full potential.

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