How to Promote Emotional Wellness in the Workplace

Studies continue to show that many Americans are dissatisfied with their current work situation. But it’s not just a new job they’re seeking; they’re also looking for less stress, a better work-life balance, and a better workplace culture.

It’s helpful when organizations and leadership teams are aware of these concerns—and address them by creating a culture that promotes emotional wellness.

Here are a few strategies that can help you bring emotional wellness into the workplace:

  • Have ongoing conversations
    People face various challenges that interfere with work performance and it’s helpful to be an empathetic and constructive listener. However, keep in mind that your role is to manage workloads and support your team—but not fix or cure personal problems. To help people find the support they need, continue to remind them that their Assistance Program is here to help.
  • Become more informed
    People might not want to talk about their problems. However, here are some telltale signs that something could be going on:
    • A sudden decline in performance, attendance, or appearance
    • A sudden change in mood or attitude that leads to workplace conflict
  • Strike the right balance
    Personal conversations can be difficult and each situation is different. But it helps to begin by sharing what you’ve observed. It also helps to have these conversations when you are calm and can respond with empathy and flexibility.

    Mental health and family challenges are deeply personal. It’s important to respect boundaries and privacy—and guide people to appropriate information and resources.

Continue to remind people about their Assistance Program and that they can access this free and confidential benefit through Member Support.

How to Promote Emotional Wellness in the Workplace – Insights Newsletter