An employee cried during one of my facilitated 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 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.
“𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 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 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝-𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐃𝐚𝐲, 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:
👎🏽 Poor sleep
👎🏽 Poor eating habits
👎🏽 Poor work-life alignment
👎🏽 Poor self-esteem
And quite frankly, caring about your employees’ well-being isn’t just people-centric; it increases profits.
Because healthy employees are:
✅ More productive
✅ Lower healthcare costs
✅ 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.