Mental Health Awareness Is More Vital Now Than Ever Before
The old adage that your employees represent your most valuable asset still very much applies, which is why awareness of mental health issues is more vital now than ever before. Join us as we explain why business owners need to create a supportive working environment and how professional development resources can help you achieve it.
Over the last decade or so, there has been a significant change in society, with attitudes towards mental issues changing for the better. In the modern-day, people feel much freer to discuss problems of this kind, rather than having to simply keep calm, bury it inside and carry on.
Far from being a sign of weakness, it takes incredible strength for a person to admit they have a problem of this kind, and when they do, it allows issues to be dealt with in their infancy. High profile celebrities like AFL stars like Lance Franklin and Barry Hall have contributed to this openness by admitting their struggles with mental health, making it easier for others to do the same.
The Full Spectrum of Mental Health
Awareness and acceptance of the mental health issues we all have from time to time is key to creating the kind of work environment where employees are happy to discuss them. That’s right, we all have them to varying degrees, as there is a whole spectrum of severity, ranging from feeling anxious to acute problems that require hospitalisation.
To put things into context, imagine an employee who rang in sick because of a broken ankle - no one would bat an eyelid. Whereas, if that same employee rang in saying that they weren’t coming in because of severe anxiety, it’s still often not viewed in the same way - but it absolutely should be. Collectively, we all need to create a culture of understanding in this regard, and as a business owner, your role is critical.
Noone is Invincible or Immune
The fact is, no one is immune from the impact caused by the stresses and strains of modern life and talking about things with others really helps. Being able to honestly express what you’re feeling allows you to shed negative motions and when you see giants of the sporting world being open about it - it becomes that much easier to discuss.
So, in every sense, employers need to create the conditions where employees - who are your most valuable asset - feel comfortable coming forward in discussing these matters. By doing so, these problems can be seen for what they are - conditions that affect us every bit as much as any physical issue and then the necessary help and support can be provided.
Learning And Development Helps Your Team & Business Grow
So, as we can see, awareness of mental health is crucial in the modern professional sphere, particularly after the unprecedented events caused by the pandemic. Fortunately, professional development courses from Learning Lounge can help you create an environment that allows your staff to talk things through, becoming happier, more balanced individuals.
It’s never been more important for businesses to focus on mental health in the workplace, as contented employees are more productive and able to grow professionally. So, if you would like to know more about how the learning and development content we provide can help your teams and business grow, visit us today at www.learninglounge.online.
There you can request your free info pack that contains our entire resource library covering an array of different industries and sectors. However, if you would like to speak to us about your organisation’s training needs directly, call us on 1300 611 404, and we’ll be delighted to talk you through your options.