Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace in 2021: Three Ways to Give Support

COVID-19 had a tremendous impact on employees’ mental health, from the cost of not having a separate home and workplace to the experience of being trapped and unable to leave the house.

Some employees face more serious challenges, such as caring for a high-risk family member or taking responsibility for their children’s education. According to the AARP Healthcare Report 2020, one in four healthcare providers has difficulty taking care of their health, and 23% report that their care is deteriorating their health.

In 2021, companies will have a responsibility to deal with stressors in the current environment and provide mental health resources to support their employees.

With the right support, professionals not only perform their duties better but also interact more closely and empathically with customers, who are undoubtedly facing their own pandemic challenges.

Internal communication managers must continue to pay attention to mental health in the workplace and use the company’s platforms to connect with employees in a remote environment.

You can better support your employees by focusing on three main areas.

  1. Provide tangible mental health resources for employees

Bring a sense of awareness to the virtual office. Invest in materials, systems, and services that decompress your employees.

For example, Starbucks offers employees and their families 20 free counseling sessions per year, and Fidelity has launched specific benefits for working parents, including daycare costs and better access to daycare coordinators to provide additional parenting resources and more needed.

Many US officials held various positions at home, including a full-time caretaker, teacher, and chef. By providing your employees with the tools they need to increase their workload, burnout can be avoided and they can be more involved in the virtual work environment.

  1. Investing in mental health training in the workplace

According to a survey conducted by Vyond in 2020, almost half (45%) of employees are passionate about mental health training at work, and this will likely continue to be a concern for companies, as many are still at home feeling and feeling at home.

To help employees adapt to the challenges of the virtual world of work, internal communication leaders must work closely with the company’s workforce and talent development teams to deliver consistent, quality-focused content that can help employees to put the advice into practice.

The training can illustrate real-life examples and scenarios that show employees how to relieve and manage work-related stress and help managers lead their teams during this busy time.

Video can be a powerful training aid as it provides a visual concept for abstract thought or idea. Using video animation technology, Vyond Marketing worked cross-functional to create a video course on how to manage the mental health of remote teams to support healthy practices and support employees’ mental health in an engaging way.

  1. Prioritize continuous communication

In addition to resources and training, employees can benefit from continuous and accurate leadership communication.

Leaders who are open about their personal experiences and realize that even after months of pandemics are being challenged by telecommuting can provide workers with the support they need. Leaders who talk about how they implement wellness routines, or how they are determined to “persist” after work, have the power to significantly raise morale.

When people feel inspired, motivated, and supportive of their roles, they work harder, which is less costly for their overall health and well-being, according to a Gallup study. The study also reports that unclear communication by managers is one of the top five factors associated with employee burnout.

Leaders can choose to send weekly or monthly updates to the company, provide an internal website with a variety of personnel resources, and even provide a feedback platform where employees can share their tips for improving the work experience. Providing a form of feedback builds confidence and conveys the message that great ideas can come from anyone at any level.

Mental health and well-being, like us, must be at the forefront of internal communication