The managing director of the FBAA and executive chairman of The Sanity Space Foundation, Peter White, shares his tips for managers on how to support the mental wellbeing of their employees in the new year.
1. Brighten the mood with team-building exercises that break up the work week.
“Try to do something fun in the office to lift the moodiness of the workplace. For example, at the FBAA, we go out for food on Fridays as a team and arrange things like putt-putt golf to socialise,” Mr White advises.
2. Be vigilant about working hours and ensure employees take their breaks.
“In work, you can ensure your staff are taking their breaks and not working from sunup to sundown – because that can really upset their mental health and their physical health as well,” he says.
3. Be aware of the link between physical and mental health, and encourage employees to care for both.
“The two become interlinked. Poor physical health can later impact mental health and vice versa,” the FBAA managing director advises.
4. Try your best to cater to flexible work arrangements that allow employees to be more productive.
“If you can accommodate different working hours, that can help staff, too. So, try and find that balance with everything. It can be a challenge, but it’s achievable, you just have to work at it,” he says.
Find out more about how you can look after your mental wellbeing this festive period in The Adviser’s “Beating the holiday blues” feature.
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