Importance of Mental Health in the Corporate World

This life is a fast-paced one. Our grandparents had a lot more time on their hands as their community and work tools were a lot smaller and more straightforward. There was no immense amount of information that we get now by using the internet. Nor was there a global community such as the one we're all a part of now.


It's a great paradox of life that we can now immerse ourselves in an unlimited number of opportunities coming our way, yet we are practically constantly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of possibilities.


This fact itself carries a lot of everyday stress for most of us. And as much as we'd like to leave work when we go home, most businesses resemble living organisms with needs that exceed official working hours. It appears that somewhere along the way, we've made a silent agreement to prioritise work over our health needs.


And since many negatives have a positive side, it seems like the COVID-19 pandemic helped us remember and emphasise the significance of our wellbeing.As if we've been forced into taking care of ourselves and the people close to us.


This is a big plus for the community. Not only did the virus change our work environment, it also enforced the reassessment of our perception of health. As we highly value workers' health, one of our IBXA categories provides recognition for Health and wellbeing.


It's no secret that a happy employee is the most efficient one. A healthy mind and body is a prerequisite for being happy. So, what can you do to take care of your workforce's health?


Offering flexible working options

Lately, the number of companies implementing a choice-based remote work option has been on the rise. This might seem risk. However, although we are social beings, sometimes we just need our own space and pace.


Corporate culture demands a lot from us, regardless of the work itself. This can greatly affect our mental health because pretending to be positive can be tiresome. Providing a simple option of saying "hey, today I'm not feeling so great. I would greatly appreciate it to work from home" can go a long way in terms of overall employee health and happiness.


Respecting autonomy

Micromanagement is a thing of the past. And it should stay like that. Enabling your workers to choose how they will approach their workload is a sign of respect and trust. These are major factors in one's mental health stability. Less pressure equals more freedom, history taught us that.


If you decided to place your trust in a person by offering them a job, then respect their own ability to coordinate their tasks according to their own capabilities. Successful time-management can only improve your workers' confidence level, leading to mental stability.


Providing opportunities for personal development

As everything surrounding us changes on a daily basis, it's only natural for employees to seek changes. Stagnation is never a good thing. People often experience fatigue from feeling like they're in a loop.


Help them break the loop. Brighten their day with occasional ideas to learn something new. It doesn't have to be related to their job, but it will nonetheless make them more motivated and healthy.


These are just some of the many options you can implement to keep your employees healthy. We are looking for a chance to award your attempts to make a healthier work environment for your people, apply for our International Business Awards '21 and celebrate your achievements.