One of the biggest things managers and business owners can face when it comes to their businesses may surprise you. It isn’t about profits or forecasts, overcoming financial pitfalls, or wondering where your next sale from, it can come from your employees and the atmosphere that is created in the workplace. Mental health has the spotlight on it at the moment, and as a manager you have a responsibility to do that. So here are some of the ways that you could try and implement a more positive atmosphere into your workplace.

Be aware of mental health issues

There are so many different mental health issues that could impact your workplace, and so being aware of them and having specialist measures in place to help support employees could help you overcome them with dignity and in a positive way. You could start by not making it a taboo subject and understand how to promote mental health in the workplace. By doing this, you could open up lines of communication between you and your workforce, enabling you to support people while still ensuring your business is running smoothly. Mental health issues to be aware of include stress, OCD, depression and anxiety, to name a few.

Add an element of fun

One of the things that you need to get under control, is your ability to manage. You need to be approachable as a manager for your staff to not only respect you, but to also feel comfortable in the workplace. Everyone has bad days, and while you may try and encourage your staff to leave their personal problems at the door before coming into work, sometimes that is just impossible. If you are approachable, they can at least feel able to put you in the picture. You can then be a healing hand, and even be able to offer time off or extra hours to sort things out. Which will enable them to continue working and feel valued. This could also help when it comes to mental health.

Be approachable as a manager

One of the things that you need to get under control, is your ability to manage. You need to be approachable as a manager for your staff to not only respect you, but to also feel comfortable in the workplace. Everyone has bad days, and while you may try and encourage your staff to leave their personal problems at the door before coming into work, sometimes that is just impossible. If you are approachable, they can at least feel able to put you in the picture. You can then be a healing hand, and even be able to offer time off or extra hours to sort things out. Which will enable them to continue working and feel valued. This could also help when it comes to mental health.

Make changes to routine

Finally, you could make some changes to the normal routine of working. It could be causal days, where you encourage people to come into work in their own clothes rather than work attire. It could be just for fun or in aid of something like a charity day. You could also consider things like flexible working or flexible hours. This could be very helpful for staff who have families or need extra time for things during the day, but still want to work the hours they are contracted to do.

Let’s hope this has given you a few ideas on how you can create a positive atmosphere in the workplace.

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