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6 Ways Small Businesses Can Prioritize the Mental Health of Their Employees

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After a year and a half of quarantines, lockdowns, loss of loved ones and economic uncertainty, supporting the mental health of your team is a necessity. Fear, anxiety and stress can come at any time, but in light of all that happened in 2020, these have risen to levels that are much more difficult to manage for many. Along with increased stress from outside the workplace, 74% of remote workers reported their responsibilities at work increased while 45% reported a decrease in mental health during the latter half of 2020.

For small businesses that don’t yet have the budget to provide their employees with expensive therapy, the situation might feel hopeless. The temptation is to do nothing; however, there is a lot that small businesses can do to support the mental health of their employees. Here are some creative ways to help your employees practice good mental hygiene so that they can be at their best.

Related: Why Your Mental Health Is the Key to Your Success in Business

In Harvard Business Review’s 2019 Mental Health at Work report, the most commonly desired workplace mental-health resources were a more open and accepting culture, clearer information about where to go or whom to ask for support, and training.

It is important for employees to, first of all, feel comfortable going to their supervisor when they are struggling to manage stress or anxiety. It's also important for them to know whom they should go to when they need help.

This information should not simply be buried in the onboarding material, but should be shared periodically in meetings, emails, or on Slack or other team-messaging platforms. Perhaps after a particularly........

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