Mental wellbeing and performance at work

Why is mental wellbeing important? First, we want to feel good – about ourselves and the world around us, to be able to get the most from our lives.

There is also evidence that good mental wellbeing is important for our physical health, and that it can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

Mental Health can affect how we think and feel about ourselves , which can impact on our behaviour and how we cope in difficult times.

It affects our ability to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and play a full part amongst our family, workplace, community and friends. It’s also closely linked with our physical health.

Managing and supporting people’s mental health at work is a critical and growing challenge for employers. Positively managing mental health underpins these approaches and can reap rewards in terms of staff morale, productivity and loyalty.

Line managers play a vital role in the identification and management of stress and wellbeing within the organisation. They are likely to see the problems causing the stress first hand, will be in the best position to notice changes in staff behaviour that may indicate a problem and will often be the first point of contact when an individual feels unwell.

But managers also need to think about their behaviour, and how it can either add to the stress their staff experience or help alleviate the problem.

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”                               World Health Organisation

When we are mentally healthy we are more likely to fulfill our potential, function well and cope with and enjoy work and family and social relationships, and to make healthy choices about our lives.

A supportive, inspiring line manager who works to understand the needs of employees can make an enormous difference to the individual whilst also helping to break down the stigma and discrimination barrier surrounding mental health issues. Relevant training could include:

  • Effective Performance Management and Appraisals
  • Coaching and Motivation Skills
  • Understanding & Tackling Stress
  • Building Resilience
  • Effective communication skills
  • Emotional Intelligence

An effective wellbeing strategy is essential in a proactive and forward thinking organisation. This may include various health and wellbeing initiatives which may also include lifestyle coaching (see separate blog). So how might wellbeing at work be impacting on performance levels in your organisation?

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