Posted July 28, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Communicate Well for Mental Health
What’s the first way employers can support their employees’ mental health in these stressful times? It’s simple: good communication. Find out more, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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You are now in The Perna Syndicate—welcome! Employers have long played a role in the wellbeing of their employees, but today, the definition of health has been broadened beyond physical wellness to include its mental and emotional components.
As the pandemic slowly fades, the mental health challenges it created are remaining. It’s never been more important for employers to show their employees that they care—and they’re there to help alleviate these pressing needs.
The first and most obvious way that companies can support their employees’ mental health is to commit to clear and frequent communication. When little or no information is forthcoming, most people default to wondering and worrying about what’s going to happen. Employers must do their best to keep employees in the loop regarding both their reopening plans and the financial health of the business.
And of course, communication should work both ways. Listening to employees’ concerns and making sure they feel valued and heard will go a long way in reducing turnover—which is fast becoming a problem in our post-pandemic job market.
People want to know what to expect as they return to the workplace, and wise employers will work hard to share the right information at the right time. Employers can support their employees’ mental health by communicating clearly— and listening well.
Tomorrow, what role does workplace flexibility play in employees’ mental health? Let’s talk about it on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. We’ll see you then!