“It's important that we teach managers how to have these conversations, so that they can be prepared when one of their staff members has a mental health issue.”
We spend a lot of time with the people we work with. Sometimes this means we are in a good position to observe whether our co-workers appear to be travelling well; or alternatively if they don’t seem like their usual self.
Like ourselves, our workmates have many demands inside and outside of the workplace. Challenges at various times in life can overwhelm any of us and impact our wellbeing, as well as affect our ability to perform well at work and other areas of life.
A big difference can be made for co-workers through small gestures. Reaching out to say hello or helping them feel valued and accepted in the workplace help create a more supportive work environment.
There are also ways that managers and organisations as a whole can be more supportive and inclusive of people experiencing mental health challenges. Many workplaces have been developing initiatives and processes to support employee mental and emotional wellbeing.
Take a look at the resources below to know more about workplace wellbeing. We also have information on work and connecting with co-workers.