Encourage a safe transition to the workplace
by talking openly about mental health
For the first time in months, many Oregonians are headed back to work.
You can encourage a safe transition to the workplace by addressing the disruption in our communities and the impact it has had on people’s lives and routines. It’s important to recognize the spectrum of responses employees will have to returning to the workplace, and talk openly about mental health.
Below are five ways to establish a culture of well-being as employees adjust to being back in the workplace:
Address anxiety and stress:
As an employer or supervisor, it’s important to communicate that stress and anxiety are normal. Encourage employees to take time for self-care. That may include unplugging from the constant stream of news and social media or talking to a friend or counselor about what they're feeling. You can also learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide
and ways to prevent suicide in the workplace.
Be flexible if possible:
The National Safety Council suggests
organizations "allow for flexible policies as schools restart, daycares reopen and schedules become reestablished."
Communication is key:
Being transparent will help employees who are struggling with anxiety around the future of their jobs and the organization.
Encourage physical health:
Good physical health has a powerful positive impact on our mental health. Encourage employees to take outdoor breaks, practice mindfulness, and ensure workspaces are ergonomic
Tell employees they matter:
Reassuring employees they play an important role in the goals and mission of the organization can go a long way in helping them adjust in the workplace.