May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a good time to devote some thought to how you can support mental health in your office. Here are some ideas for advancing mental health in the workplace: Encourage open communication: Encourage your employees to speak openly about their mental health and provide a safe space for them to do so. Encourage managers to be approachable and … [Read more...] about 7 ways to support mental health in your office
By Lynne Curry If you’ve lost your weekends to work projects begging to be finished and annoying pop-up employer emails, you’re not alone. According to ActivTrak’s survey of 134,260 employees who worked for 900 separate organizations, employees work an average of 6.6 hours, almost a full work day, each weekend. If this fits you, consider these questions: Has your job taken … [Read more...] about What happened to weekends?
The line between work life and personal life is more blurred than ever for today’s office manager. But you need be able to turn off work and focus on family and other responsibilities, as well as recreation and taking care of your own well-being. Here are seven tips—classic but still valuable—for reclaiming your life beyond work. Set boundaries: It’s important to set clear … [Read more...] about 7 classic tips for work-life balance
By Lynne Curry You knew your coworker felt depressed, squeezed by the financial hit she and her husband took when laid off, and the overwhelming pressure when her kids hated school by Zoom. Now, she worries every day that sending her kids to school exposes them to danger. Throughout the pandemic, she made off-hand comments that concerned you, but what she said this morning … [Read more...] about You knew she was depressed, but suicidal? Now what?
Amid growing anxiety about the pandemic’s impact on wellbeing, a new survey finds that US workers rank mental and psychological wellbeing as one of their biggest wellness concerns. Despite these worries, The Conference Board survey reveals that participation in programs including mental health resources and Employee Assistance programs has dropped. On the upside, the … [Read more...] about Survey: 60 percent of US workers concerned about their mental health in pandemic’s aftermath
Winter gets a frigid reception at many workplaces around the country. According to research from staffing firm Accountemps, 38% of professionals said winter weather has a negative impact on their mood at work. About one-quarter (26%) cited January as the least happy month. Employees in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Cleveland felt bluest in the wintertime. In contrast, professionals … [Read more...] about What to do when the winter blues hits your workplace