Designing Workspaces Where Employees’ Mental Health & Wellbeing Thrives

The way we work will never be the same and the pandemic has shown that we can work differently even amidst professional upheavals. While the lives of professional women and men are constantly changing due to much uncertainty and stress, the pandemic has brought out some silver linings. Can you imagine asking your manager if you could work from home three years ago? For many organizations, working from home was simply out of the question, but a rampant virus brought the biggest corporations to their knees as they sent their employees home to work from their (gasp) dining tables, sofas, and even floors. However, the other side of it all has been increased stress levels and poor mental health, and today, people are talking about employees’ mental health now more than ever. So, what can be done to improve the standard of work in the workplace? Where do working women fit in amongst all this?

Stress and burnout are becoming top concerns for women and companies must take note

Companies should start with acknowledging that their workers are human and therefore, fallible, which means that stress and anxiety is a big factor when it comes to working during a global pandemic. Also, depression can also manifest itself among people, and the sooner that they can get help the better. Three years ago, a certain web developer asked for a mental health leave day and it made waves all over the world. Not only was Madalyn Parker lauded for her bravery as she spoke up about mental health, her boss’ amazing response too, garnered admiration. Today, mental health has become the cornerstone of holistic health as stress and burnout are becoming concerns for women. It could be wonderful if companies focused on the mental health of employees and how flexible work, childcare services, and healthcare cover can take some of the burdens off their shoulders.

Have regular check-ins, get to know your coworkers and team members

Also, why do we force work and life to wrestle against each other when we say work-life balance. “Work-life balance pits work against life. Work is just a component of life,” says Annie Robinson. A good way to help employees is to notice if something is off with one of your team members. When people are withdrawn or aren’t behaving their usual selves, take the time to talk to them. Leaders at work must keep an eye on their teams. During this time the mental health of parents has suffered the most since they have so much more to deal with on a daily basis. One of the biggest struggles for them is not being able to “leave the office”, particularly if there are working from home. Let’s make it normal to talk about one’s personal life at work, let’s make it okay to set boundaries, to say no, to take time off. Let’s change the way we work so we can become better people and build a better future of resilient workers.

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