An employee cried during one of my facilitated π‘·π’“π’π’„π’†π’”π’”π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝑺𝒑𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒔.

They shared how there was extreme pressure to come to the office several days a week, and if they were working from home, they were made to be on camera.

These mandated days included a long commute on public transportation.

And as fall has turned to winter in the midwest, their anxiety was now coupled with seasonal depression.

β€œπˆπ­β€™π¬ 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩π₯𝐞𝐭𝐞π₯𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐀𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚π₯ 𝐑𝐞𝐚π₯𝐭𝐑, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐑𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 π›πšπ₯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞.”

This employee wasn’t alone.

Soon, others chimed in about how the mandated return to office has adversely impacted their mental health.

And as a leader, the health and well-being of your employees cannot be neglected.

On this 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐒𝐨𝐧𝐚π₯ 𝐌𝐒𝐧𝐝-𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 π–πžπ₯π₯𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 πƒπšπ², I want to remind you that it’s possible to positively impact the well-being of your employees.

A healthy mind and emotions can lead to a healthy body.

But we cannot have true well-being without belonging.

Work environments that are emotionally taxing due to discrimination, harassment, and gaslighting and fail to address inequities do not foster a sense of belonging or psychological safety.

An unhealthy workplace can cause employees to have the following:
πŸ‘ŽπŸ½ Poor sleep
πŸ‘ŽπŸ½ Poor eating habits
πŸ‘ŽπŸ½ Poor work-life alignment
πŸ‘ŽπŸ½ Poor self-esteem

And quite frankly, caring about your employees’ well-being isn’t just people-centric; it increases profits.

Because healthy employees are:
βœ… More productive
βœ… Lower healthcare costs
βœ… Provide better customer service

Today (and every day), consider how your environment contributes to the stress and burnout of your employees or their health and well-being.