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Mental Health is Worker Health: 6 Tips to Prevent Employee Burnout

13 July, 2023

  • 88% of workers experience some burnout, with 60% reporting high levels of burnout*
  • One-fifth will miss six or more workdays due to stress 
  • 37% of workers are less productive when stressed 

It's important to recognize that workplace safety doesn't just mean physical safety. Mental health is vital and needs to be taken just as seriously. A healthy workplace creates a supportive and inclusive work environment, provides access to mental health resources, and reduces the stigma associated with mental health issues. Prioritize mental health as part of workplace safety to create a work culture that promotes employee well-being. This leads to greater productivity and job satisfaction.

6 Tips to Improve Worker Mental Health


 1. Recognize the signs of stress and anxiety in employees

  • Exhaustion: Physically, emotionally, and cognitively, described as feeling like the tank is empty. 
  • Negative and Cynical: Feeling negative and cynical toward work, co-workers, and others.
  • Ineffective at Work: Reduced effectiveness, motivation, or ability to perform one's work.

 2. Develop strategies to reduce stress levels in the workplace

  • Take regular breaks throughout the day for physical activity, such as walking or stretching.  
  • Use natural light in the office to improve mood, energy levels, and productivity.  
  • Recognize employees for their efforts; appreciation improves attitude. 

 3. Encourage communication between team members

  • Create an open dialogue between management and staff to ensure everyone's needs are met. 
  • Connect regularly with different members of your team via video conferencing or instant messaging. 
  • Brainstorm ideas and solutions together to build trust and a sense of collective ownership.

 4. Provide resources to support employee mental health

  • Offer access to mental health professionals and counselors.
  • Provide adequate resources for employee health and wellness initiatives. 
  • Offer support groups for employees who need assistance with managing stress.

 5. Implement policies that protect employees from discrimination based on mental health status.

  • Ensure staff can safely, and if necessary, anonymously discuss their concerns without fear or risk of retribution. 
  • Create an open environment where everyone feels comfortable expressing themselves without fear of judgement.

 6. Encourage positive work culture

  • Introducing regular team building activities.
  • Organize employee social events. 
  • Bring some diversions to the workplace for use during employee breaks. 
  • Allow flexible work hours, such as working from home or flex-time. 

Workers spend a sizable portion of their lives at work. It is essential for workplace safety programs to focus on issues that directly affect their mental health. Mental health is often not considered a part of workplace safety, leading to high-stress environments and reduced productivity. Small changes can have a massive impact on employee mental health. Promote mental well-being to improve morale, staff retention, and increase overall output.  

*2021 Catalyst survey