Updated: Feb 11, 2022
Let’s talk about solutions. While it’s never appropriate to discuss health impairments,
perceived or stated, there are techniques to support an inclusive workplace.
Workplace Health Promotion
Managers and supervisors should be taught how to manage the workplace and provide
accommodations effectively. Some management techniques that accomplish both
Providing positive feedback and reinforcement
Providing clear expectations of responsibilities and performance standards
Having strategies for dealing with workplace conflict
Having a process to evaluate the accommodation’s effectiveness
Providing sensitivity training to coworkers and supervisors
Workplace health promotion programs have proven to be successful, especially when
they combine mental and physical health interventions. Promoting awareness about the
importance of mental health and stress management in the workplace will lead to
healthier employees, which in turn increases productivity.
Action Steps for Employers
Can you do more for your employees?
There are many ways to implement workplace health promotion programs. Here are
some action steps to help you get started:
Make mental health self-assessment tools available to all employees.
Offer free or subsidized clinical screenings for depression from a qualified mental health professional, followed by directed feedback and clinical referral when appropriate.
Offer health insurance with no or low out-of-pocket costs for depression medication and mental health counseling.
Provide free or subsidized lifestyle coaching, counseling, or self-management programs.
Distribute materials, such as brochures, flyers, and videos, to all employees about the signs and symptoms of poor mental health and opportunities for treatment.
Host seminars or workshops that address depression and stress management techniques, like mindfulness, breathing exercises, and meditation, to help employees reduce anxiety and stress and improve focus and motivation.
Create and maintain dedicated, quiet spaces for relaxation activities.
Provide managers with training to help them recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and depression in team members and encourage them to seek help from qualified mental health professionals.
Give employees opportunities to participate in decisions about issues that affect job stress.
Action Steps for Employees
What can employees do?
There are also a number of action steps employees can take to improve workplace
wellness. Some options include:
Encouraging employers to offer mental health and stress management education and programs that meet their needs and interests if they are not already in place.
Participating in employer-sponsored programs and activities to learn skills and get the support they need to improve their mental health.
Serving as dedicated wellness champions and participate in training on topics such as financial planning and how to manage unacceptable behaviors and attitudes in the workplace as a way to help others, when appropriate.
Sharing personal experiences with others to help reduce stigma, when appropriate.
Being open-minded about the experiences and feelings of colleagues. Respond with empathy, offer peer support, and encourage others to seek help.
Adopting behaviors that promote stress management and mental health.
Eating healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.
Taking part in activities that promote stress management and relaxation, such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, or tai chi.
Building and nurture real-life, face-to-face social connections.
Taking the time to reflect on positive experiences and express happiness and gratitude.
Setting and work toward personal, wellness, and work-related goals and ask for help when it is needed.