How to Support Your Employees’ Mental Health and Well-Being

By Aries Payne

According to the 2023 Work in America Survey, 92% of workers surveyed reported that it is important to “work for an organization that values their emotional and psychological well-being.” While this statistic isn’t surprising, it shows that a supportive, positive work environment can go a long way for employee morale and retention

Different companies take various approaches to ensuring their staff feel taken care of, but your options will be heavily dependent on the resources you have available. That said, here are a few simple ways small businesses can foster a workplace culture that supports employees’ mental and emotional health. 

Set Boundaries

Employees are encouraged to set boundaries with their employers to maintain a positive work-life balance. However, as a business owner, you can take the initiative by establishing healthy, reasonable expectations to prevent stress and burnout.

Be Flexible

It’s important to remain flexible when it comes to supporting your staff. Each person is different, so you’ll want to establish policies that will work for any employee you bring on board. 

Offer Free Resources and Rewards

There are also multiple resources you can offer your workforce to ensure they prioritize their mental health and well-being. 

Communicate and Connect

Employees also appreciate working for companies that effectively communicate and foster positive relationship-building among colleagues. 

Invest in Your Employees’ Well-Being

Investing in your staff’s well-being isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s a business decision that benefits everyone as your organization grows. By implementing any of these strategies, you can cultivate a workplace prioritizing mental health, and a happy, healthy workforce is a productive one.

Ready to empower your staff? Contact your local SBDC to schedule a no-cost, confidential, one-on-one business advising session and discover the tools you need to promote employee mental health and well-being. 


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