Almost 1 in 2 Australians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. If this is the case, employers need to step up and support the people who spend a third of their lives in the workplace.
To stay focused at work and perform at your best, you need to be in the right mindset and eliminate as many distractions as possible. This may seem like common sense, but if it is, why do so many people dismiss conversations about employee mental health?
According to LinkedIn, the ‘top companies to work at’ all showed that they put their employees first. As well as investing in their employees’ abilities, skills and encouraging diversity, top employers focused on their employees’ wellbeing.
Putting our people first
At Fuse Recruitment, we’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with EAP Assist, an employee assistance program designed to support employee wellbeing and mental health. This program is available, not only to our internal workforce but also for their families and our on-hired workforce too. This means our employees, their families and our contractors and temporary workers will have access to this program.
The program offers fully confidential telephone consulting, with a qualified consultant, for employees to discuss workplace and personal issues. Employees will also have access to a wide range of wellness advice and programs in the form of videos, emails and blogs which cover topics such as:
Working from home
Employees also have free access to an endless list of wellness apps which can cost an individual up to $550 if they were to purchase the apps themselves.
The program was introduced to provide our people with a platform to get help or to simply learn how to develop healthy emotional intelligence.
Tyson McNeilly, Fuse’s CEO, stated that, “we have been working harder to provide the support our employees need. People aren’t always willing to openly discuss personal issues, which can start to adversely affect their health. This initiative allows our employees to have the support they need without having to disclose personal information they’d rather keep private.”
“We want our employees to reach out and get the help they need. We’ve found that EAP’s Consultants are highly experienced,” says Mathew Westcott, Fuse’s Managing Director. “More importantly, we want our employees to be there to support each other.”
How can employers support employee mental health?
The attention towards employee wellbeing has been highlighted further after the pandemic left long-lasting effects on Australians. Apart from offering consultation services, businesses can do other things to support their employees:
Encourage employees to take care of their health by exercising and eating well
Raise awareness of mental health and encourage employees to seek help when they need it
Encourage employees to take regular breaks to reduce stress and burnout
Ask employees how they are feeling on a regular basis and not push someone to say more than they want to
Employers can lift financial stress off of their employees by helping them make the most of their salaries
For more workplace wellness tips, check out our blog here.