5 Ways That Businesses Can Help Promote The Mental Wellness Of Their Employees

"I think it is ideal to hire an in-house Wellness Coach to send a message to your employees that a) their mental wellness is a priority and b) we all need support with our mental wellness. The Wellness Coach oversees checking in with employees to ensure they are practicing self-care and managing stress with wellness tools. This might look like a monthly 30 minute check-in with each employee to help them establish a healthy morning routine or teach them how to meditate so that they are happier, more at ease and more productive throughout the day."



First, I think it is ideal to hire an in-house Wellness Coach to send a message to your employees that a) their mental wellness is a priority and b) we all need support with our mental wellness. The Wellness Coach oversees checking in with employees to ensure they are practicing self-care and managing stress with wellness tools. This might look like a monthly 30 minute check-in with each employee to help them establish a healthy morning routine or teach them how to meditate so that they are happier, more at ease and more productive throughout the day.


Second, ensuring that there are healthy options such as fresh fruit available at the office, or providing a healthy meal planning service as part of the company’s wellness program is essential to elevating the energy in the office. I see that those companies that set the standard on clean eating in the office place are supporting their employees to make better choices for themselves and designing the work environment to support healthy habits. This clean eating policy applies to what is available at the office, at work events and should take into consideration a stance on the consumption of alcohol not being conducive to a productive, creative and connected work environment.


Third, hosting a mandatory wellness event at least once a month such as a guided meditation, a Zumba class or a yoga happy hour brings everyone together, lightens the mood, and demonstrates that the company is committed to the mental wellness of its employees.


Fourth, increasingly it has become necessary, especially in light of the pandemic with so many of us working from home, that companies are respecting the employees’ need for digital boundaries or buffers. This might look like a more relaxed response time to email so that it does not interfere with their sleep cycle. For example, no company email between 8 pm and 8 am. If this is a clear message coming from the company it is so much more powerful and builds employee trust and loyalty. If this is not something your company is providing I highly recommend you create this digital boundary for yourself, bookending your days with a digital buffer — not only for the break from screens but also a break from being ‘on’ all the time. Our nervous system does not differentiate the stress of a lion chasing us versus the stress of an email we just read before bed that we forgot to respond to. Get in the habit of protecting your rest and restore cycle from this burst of stress hormones before bed or waking up to it.


Lastly, companies that are requiring employees take a 20 minutes movement session daily to get their blood flowing, to spark creative thinking, and to allow a window of time to decompress, are ahead of the game. This little habit is such a game changer in terms of overall health and mental wellness. When you have to pencil in a 20 minute walk around the block or HIIT exercise routine daily during work hours you are receiving a clear message from the company that movement is energizing and supports creativity so much so that it is an valuable investment the company is willing to make.

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