This article recently published in the Globe and Mail caught our interest, and as we were reading we couldn't help but relate the tips on treating employees as humans to employee mental health. The tips in this article are simple, concrete and clear and we encourage you to have a read though of them here.
We noticed that many of the tips relate to elements of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The National Standard suggests 13 factors that can effect employee mental health. Organizations are often doing some of these, and when working with our clients we are are always happy to point out the good things from the Standard that they are already doing. These 13 psychological factors are a helpful way to organize a mental health strategy and see where your organization needs to put more focus on.
There are some clear links between the tips in the Globe article and mental health. One tip in the article suggests magnifying employee success (Tip #9). This relates to the Psychological Factor 7, Recognition and Reward. Recognizing an employees' hard work verbally one on one, by pointing it out to the whole team or by a monetary reward can all make a huge impact on how an employee feels about a company. Positive feedback for hard work in any form is hugely beneficial.
The article suggests letting employees take lead (Tip #11). This relates to the Psychological Factor 9, Workload Management. Giving employees autonomy over their work can be very empowering and motivating and may increase an employee's desire to work hard and support their company.
Being appreciated and feeling like a human, instead of a "widget" as the article suggests companies are treating employees in this day and age can make employees feel valued and respected by their company. This is hugely beneficial to organizations as this will increase employee productivity, loyalty and retention.
We encourage you to review the article and the 13 Psychological Factors and think about what your workplace is doing currently, and how your workplace can improve.