With Blue Monday* (the so-called ‘most depressing day of the year’) coming up on 21st January, what can we do to promote better mental health in the workplace?
Connect: Social relationships are critical as a buffer against mental ill health. Encourage your employees to ‘talk, ask & listen’ to colleagues
Be Active: physical activity = lower rates of depression. Suggest staff take a lunchtime break, get out in the fresh air and take a short walk or other exercise
Take Notice: Being aware and ‘in the moment’ is good for us. Enjoy your surroundings, de-clutter, savour that coffee, try somewhere new for lunch
Learn: The opportunity to engage in learning activities can lift people out of depression.
Give: People who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Acts of kindness can lead to an increase in wellbeing. Get staff involved in fundraising or a charity event and lift morale
Take it from us as HR consultants, it’s much easier to promote mental well-being in the workplace than to deal with what can be challenging consequences of poor mental health, including increased absence rates, declining performance and high staff turnover.
By Angela Stancer – Group HR Manager
*Blue Monday was actually a concept dreamt up in 2005 by Sky Travel (with an equation claiming to factor in weather, debt level, time since Christmas, failing new year resolutions & low motivation) to encourage us to book a holiday!