How do we design workplaces that support mental health

July 3, 2018 Sanjana Saluja

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of mental health and supporting well-being of employees in the workplace. Forbes explores how we can create healthier workplaces.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a healthy workplace should include 5 components:

1. Work-Life Balance

2. Health and Safety

3. Employee Growth and Development

4. Employee Recognition

5. Employee Involvement

In 2016/2017 Mind charity for better mental health carried out an exhaustive wellbeing in the workplace study in the UK. 30 organizations took part in this first ever Workplace Wellbeing Index with 15,000 employees participating in the staff survey. As part of the process, participating organizations submitted their policies for review and completed an employer assessment. These were assessed for how well they address mental health and whether they effectively support and promote employee wellbeing. In addition, employees completed a staff survey which gave them the opportunity to share their experiences of their organization’s culture and support around workplace mental health. The research shows that organizations creating the right environment for their staff can have a positive impact on employees’ health and wellbeing, as well as their job satisfaction and productivity levels.

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