Although Blue Monday may be somewhat of a myth, the day still serves as a useful reminder about the importance of wellbeing in the workplace, and how taking care of your employees is vital for staff retention.

As the day approaches amidst the current mental health crisis, how can employers make sure their employees feel supported and at ease?

  1. Maintain motivation

Whether it be through setting new targets and goals, or creating fun and friendly competition, preserving enthusiasm in the workplace is essential.

Why not introduce incentives into your workplace to engage your team, such as:

  • Training and the chance to enhance skills
  • Extra leave or longer lunch breaks if targets are met
  • More opportunities to work flexibly
  • One day’s leave for volunteering.

These kinds of incentives are great for boosting employee morale and encouraging your team to work as efficiently as possible.

Rewarding your staff for their hard work can be hugely beneficial for staff retention, as well as enhancing your company’s reputation when it comes to hiring new talent.

2. Be sympathetic

We are all going through a tough time at the moment, especially whilst juggling work commitments. Due to this, it’s important to remember that your employees may be struggling more than normal.

With the cost of living squeeze and continued uncertainty during the pandemic, it’s no wonder that extra support may be needed.

It’s vital for employers to be aware of how their workers are doing, understanding that this is a difficult time, and providing appropriate care for those who need it.

3. Provide tools for support

If an employee does need your support, how can you ensure you are providing it adequately?

There are a range of tools for mental health support that can be implemented in the workplace. These include but are not limited to:

  • Employee surveys
  • Suggestion boxes
  • Regular check-ins and reviews
  • Anonymous platform to seek support.

Read more about how you can tackle mental health in a “new normal” workplace in our recent blog here.

4. Give your employees a voice

Employers shouldn’t underestimate the power of an environment where employees feel comfortable speaking up and voicing their concerns.

If your workers feel they can use their voice, you will be able to identify the problem and devise a strategy to manage it. Want to chat? Get in touch.