As an entrepreneur, you know that quality employees are central to growing your business. Once you have attracted talent to your team, it is essential to retain them by investing in their personal success during both good and bad times. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we thought we would offer some tips on supporting your employees through difficult times.
1) Create a Culture of Communication, Support and Inclusivity
Employees experiencing a personal crisis are not bringing their best selves to work. And if they feel they cannot talk about their issues, they may avoid work altogether. According to the Harvard Business Review, one of the best ways employers can support their workforce is to set up open lines of communication. Creating a culture where employees feel comfortable approaching coworkers and managers about a crisis or obstacle has a great impact on employee morale. Leadership being open about their own struggles, implementing a regular personal check-in process, and clearly committing to an inclusive environment can set the right tone for a supportive work setting.
2) Invest in Training
How do you know if an employee is in trouble? How do you get a reticent employee to open up? What kinds of resources are available in your community? If you or a loved one has never experienced a mental health crisis, you may not know the answer to these important questions. We are fortunate to have organizations in Greater Indianapolis that can help. Our Wellness Associate, Dawn Lang, recommends Mental Health America Indiana for resources, data and programming. If you have a small business, the training may end up being just for you and your second in command. Regardless, understanding the signs of distress and how to address them can go a long way in supporting a struggling employee.
3) Provide Options for Professional Help
Perhaps the most impactful resource that your workforce has at its fingertips to address a personal crisis is an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP). These programs are provided alongside group health benefits and offer access to many types of professionals for mental support. In addition, thanks to the Mental Health Parity Act, employee health benefit plans must cover both physical and mental well-being. It’s important to note that both options demonstrate the importance of offering health benefits to your employees.
The Wharton & Power Insurance Team has helped hundreds of small business owners offer group health insurance. If you are ready to begin the process or want to review your coverage, reach out to us. Send an email or give us a call at 317.663.4138.
These days, investing in your employees means more than competitive compensation and on-the-job training. Supporting your employees through difficult times while continuing to be successful at work is a benefit for them and for your business.