How To Prioritize Mental Health: 3 Tips For Small Business Owners

April 17, 2023
How To Prioritize Mental Health: 3 Tips For Small Business Owners


The importance of mental health in the workplace can’t be overstated. Recent events, like the pandemic, have tripled the number of workers reporting anxiety symptoms and quadrupled those noting depression. Not surprisingly, a recent survey by the American Psychological Association shows that 81% of respondents will consider an employer’s mental health culture when looking for a new job. There is no better time to prioritize mental health, and we have three simple tips any small business can implement to create a culture of mental health support.


Open The Conversation To Mental Health


Mental health should be a natural part of the conversation in your workplace. Employees should be well-informed about mental health resources, who they can turn to, and what opportunities exist for them to manage or reduce stress. Take every available opportunity to bring up the topic so your employees are clear on your commitment to a culture of mental health support in your workplace.


Encourage Physical Activity and Stress Breaks


The benefits of physical activity and short breaks are unparalleled for relieving and reducing stress. Consider offering gym memberships for your employees or even allow time during the workday for employees to take a walk or participate in activities like yoga or meditation. What may seem like lost productive time will likely create more engaged and focused employees.


Lead By Example


Be very open with your employees about your own mental health strategies. Let employees see that you take real time off, and they will feel comfortable allowing themselves to take the same needed breaks. If you routinely send out emails at midnight, throughout the weekend,  and during your vacation, your employees will feel pressure to be “always on.” Show your employees that you are productive and efficient when you are at work and that you have limits and boundaries that they are allowed to have as well.


In Closing


It is important to remember that the investments you make in mental health will pay out long-term for you, your employees, and your business. An open and supportive environment will improve morale, employee well-being, and your bottom line.  If you are looking for more advice for your small business, please contact us.