Only eleven percent of employees are encouraged to take mental health days.
We can all agree that work is stressful. Stress can really take a toll on someone’s mental health. A November 2017 survey Bridge by Instructure, Inc. of more than 1,000 employees found that only one-third of those respondents were encouraged by their employers to take more PTO. Worse, just 11 percent said they were encouraged to take "mental health days."
Unfortunately, most jobs are not less stressful and searching for a new job is highly stressful. A January CareerBuilder survey illustrated this. The survey, of nearly 3,700 full-time American employees, found that 69 percent described their job search as “highly stressful.”
On a positive note, there are ways to reduce stress at work and create a healthier work environment:
1. Talk about mental health. Unfortunately many people are afraid to speak up about their mental health. Leaders need to step up and speak up about it being okay to talk about mental health.
2. Leaders should find the root of the problem. Meet with your team separately to see what is stressing them out and how they can fix it.
3. Poor Management can be a major cause of stress to employees. When managers lack communication and leadership skills, employees become very frustrated. Participating in a management training seminar can be very beneficial to you and your team.
4. Make sure you are listening to your team. Having leaders listen to their employees and ask for their input can be effective.
Proving employees with great benefits can ease the stress. Employees who know their covered are proven to be more appreciative and work harder during the work day. Cosmo Insurance Agency will provide you solutions regarding any questions you have regarding health insurance. Horizon is one of Cosmo Insurance Agency’s carriers and we would gladly act as a guide to navigate their process.