By Phil Klutts
May 9, 2023

Easy ways to prioritize mental health at work

Mental health is crucial in the workplace, and support isn't one-size-fits-all. Let's prioritize well-being with simple steps toward better support.

Mental health in the workplace is a critical issue that affects employers and employees alike. As we think about mental health in a business sense, it’s vital to realize that it isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for individuals or businesses. Resources, tactics, timing, and impact are different for each organization. You may be far from recognizing and helping support mental health or unsure what to do next. Don’t worry! Either way, there are easy ways to take one step forward in pursuing better mental health.

Today is a great day to start thinking about and moving towards helping others (and yourself) with mental health. The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Take time to raise your personal and business awareness to live and work in a better environment.

It is not always discussed or considered, but mental health is as important as physical health, and employers must recognize this. A positive work environment supporting mental health can increase productivity, better employee retention, and reduce absenteeism.

Here are four things you can think about as you raise your awareness of mental health in the workplace:

The impact of mental health on employees

Mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and burnout can significantly affect an employee’s ability to perform their job. This can lead to decreased job satisfaction, increased stress, and reduced motivation.

Common workplace stressors

Workplace stressors such as heavy workloads, long hours, job insecurity, and conflict with coworkers can contribute to mental health challenges. Employers can reduce these stressors by implementing policies and practices that promote work-life balance, provide opportunities for professional development, and foster a supportive and respectful work culture. More than just policies, being open and conversational with your team can make a huge difference.

Strategies for supporting mental health in the workplace

There are several strategies that employers can use to support the mental health of their employees, including offering mental health benefits such as employee assistance programs, providing training for managers on how to recognize and address mental health concerns, and promoting mental health awareness through campaigns and events.

The role of employees in promoting mental health

While employers are responsible for supporting mental health, employees also play a crucial role. Employees can take steps to prioritize their mental health, such as taking breaks when needed, practicing self-care, and seeking support when necessary.

By addressing mental health in the workplace, employers can create a positive and supportive work environment that benefits employees and the company.

Now is the best to start thinking about mental health for yourself, your family, your leaders, and everyone in your organization.

Don’t let Mental Health Awareness Month pass by without making meaningful, positive progress in your business.

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About Phil Klutts

Phil is an Edmond native and has managed to keep his wife here instead of traveling the world, which they both enjoy. They have two boys who love the outdoors, adventures, and learning new things. Phil is a problem-solver at heart and enjoys connecting people to the resources they need.

In addition to being the co-owner of Edmond Business, Phil founded the CK Group LLC after working for large and small businesses in the Energy, Construction, and Fitness industries. He focuses on helping small businesses and entrepreneurs improve their systems and processes. CK Group LLC's mission is to eliminate chaos and create clarity for small business by connecting vision, strategy, and implementation.