Let’s discuss ways in which you can create a fun workplace that supports your employees' mental health so you can have the happiest, healthiest team around!
By Kori Whitby
Anyone who’s ever juggled any combination of career, family, and social life can attest that prioritizing fun and wellness can be a challenge.
If you think you don’t have the time or resources to consider integrating employee mental health as a key part of your company culture, consider the number of resources used to put out the fires of high turnover and decreased productivity that can come from collective employee burnout. That’s not even including the amount of resources that go into making up for extended absences caused by physical health conditions exacerbated by poor workplace mental health.
When companies incorporate fun health initiatives into the workplace culture, they have everything to gain:
We can all agree that good mental health helps us to be better colleagues, better partners, and better people overall.
Companies need to create an environment in which each member of the team has the tools to reduce anxiety and depression and support a balanced lifestyle for the long term. Luckily, doing so can be pretty darn fun!
Now that we’ve gotten the consequences of inaction out of the way, it’s time to focus on the fun part: fun! Fortunately, one of the results of shifting support towards reducing employee stress levels is, well, having a good time.
When you have an inclusive and open company culture surrounding mental health issues and well-being, you are creating a positive work environment and reducing the stigma around mental illness.
Here are four initiatives that leaders or human resources professionals can include in their employee wellbeing program to encourage more fun in the workplace:
What’s that old saying? The workplace that creates together, makes space for growth? Eh, something like that. When employees work together creatively, they:
Here’s how to get started 👉 Consider appealing to your company’s current eco-initiatives. Staff can participate in the Terrarium Workshop and learn how to brighten and maintain their workspace by creating their very own micro-garden. Plus, plants are proven to have great mental health benefits!
As Elle Woods said in Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”
It can be difficult to fit regular exercise into your schedule, especially in the United States which has a more rigorous work week than other countries. But if you want to support your employees in feeling good mentally and physically, movement is the way to go. Regular exercise leads to:
Here’s how to get started 👉Looking for a way to gain all three of these benefits? Consider signing up for one of Confetti’s virtual fitness classes. With hybrid and totally virtual options, your employees can break a sweat with your colleagues with options ranging from HIIT to Zumba from wherever works best for you.
You know that brand of advice that’s so cliche that you almost resent it for working so well? “Take a deep breath” has to take the cake. By focusing on deep breathing, you might just end up with a couple of pleasant side effects like:
Maybe your friend telling you to “just breathe” hasn’t always been the support you were looking for. But teaching meditation and breathwork techniques is a great way to continue supporting employee health in your company.
Here’s how to get started 👉Consider sitting down with an expert by taking our virtual meditation course. Get answers to questions like “what do I do if I get distracted?” and “how long should I meditate?”
Take that breathwork to the next level, by participating in a sound bath meditation session. In this immersive experience led by a sound therapist, employees will find their unique path to relaxation using different frequencies of sound as their guide.
As the saying goes, “he who laughs, lasts!” Everyone loves a good laugh every once in a while. But not everyone knows that it's a powerful tool to support your employees and their mental health. As it turns out, laughter is pretty powerful, especially for your employees. Getting your regular chuckles in can:
Here’s how to get started 👉 As funny as it might sound, one of the coolest ways to reap all of these benefits is Confetti’s Laughter Yoga Course.
Building on a foundation of breath work and creative collaboration, this course allows employees to learn a new technique to brighten their own outlook and gives them the opportunity to truly let loose with their co-workers.
At the end of the day, the workplace environment plays a large part in whether your employees have good or poor mental health. Helping your employees find a healthy work/life balance not only increases employee engagement, but it makes breaching the topic of employee mental health enjoyable.
Maintaining your employees' health at work can be a blast. It’s time to shake the stigma that focusing on mental health in the workplace needs to be done alone and in silence. Sometimes focusing on mental health can be as raucous as a rollicking laughing yoga class with the Marketing Department.
Check out the experiences we curated for you and your team’s mental health and well-being. It’s especially perfect for Mental Health Awareness Month.
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