Five Ways to Promote Mental Health Within Your Team

promote mental healthEmployee mental health is more critical now than ever before. Stress from the pandemic has infiltrated everyone’s lives and made the day-to-day more difficult. Workers have had to adjust to shifting policies and procedures to maintain safety, hybrid work models, short-handed staffing, layoffs, furloughs, resignation of coworkers seeking different employment—and all the while with the stress of illness, racial challenges, upsetting world events, and constant media buzz about all of the above. It’s a lot to take. And our mental health has suffered as a result.

As an employer, you can have a direct impact on the mental health and wellbeing of your workers simply through support in the workplace. The following five techniques can help your employees manage their mental health for the best possible outcomes: 

1. Provide mental health benefits.

This can include coverage for counseling, employee assistance programs, and even resources such as health care apps for phone or text support. Many services now exist. Do some research or work with your health benefits administrator or health insurance carrier to discover your options.  

2. Make self-care part of your company values.

Don’t let your workers struggle in silence. Make mental health a regular topic that you promote and provide information about the value and importance of self-care, with room to help your employees take care of their mental well-being. This includes flexible scheduling to accommodate personal needs, adequate paid time off, and mental health resources.  

3. Keep an open-door policy.

If a worker needs support to handle stress, anxiety or another mental health issue, keep your door (and your ears) open. Make it easy for your workers to discuss their concerns with you and find solutions to ease stress.  

4. Encourage breaks.

These are important to the functioning and well-being of your workers. Don’t let anyone go without their daily breaks, and encourage them to take vacation. It’s not a badge of honor to lose unused PTO at the end of the year!  

5. Practice what you preach.

Follow your own lead. Be a good example for your workers, as they will be watching you and mimicking your actions. Take breaks, use your PTO, and don’t set the example that the workday stretches beyond 5 PM. Leaders are the primary example of what work/life balance should look like.  

Don’t let your employees work short-staffed 

Working short-staffed can lead to overwhelm and burnout among your workers picking up the slack. Instead, be sure your staff is well-rounded. Let HireCall help. To learn more about the staffing services we offer, reach out today!

How to Appeal to Gen Z and Millennials

In the war on talent, it helps to understand the people you’re looking to hire, especially based on which generation they’re from. A candidate’s generation has a strong influence on its values. By understanding more of what drives and motivates younger generations, it will be easier for your company to attract and retain them in your workplace.  

What are the younger working generations? 

The youngest members of today’s workforce includes Millennials, AKA Generation Y (born from 1981-1996) and the just-recently-graduated Generation Z (born from 1997-2012). These generations grew up surrounded by technology and a different world than the previous Generation X and Baby Boomer generations before them. Millennials and Gen Z are no strangers to automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and this familiarity gives them unique job strengths. They also have different values and expectations that previous generations.   

How to appeal to Millennial and Gen Z demographics 

These generations have much different values based on the world that has shaped their lives. By understanding these values, you’ll have a better idea of how to relate to Millennials and Gen Z. In general, they’re in search of: 

1. Companies with similar values.

In terms of company culture, mission and vision, populations supported by, and even causes donated to—Millennials and Gen Z are a much more altruistic generation. They want to work for companies with similar values, standing on “soapboxes” to support causes they hold near and dear.  

2. Clear career paths.

These generations are on the upward path to advancement. They value working hard with a clear pathway in view. They tend to spend only a few years in a job before expecting to move forward. You’re best way to retain workers in these generations is with the opportunity for advancement and internal promotion within your company.  

3. Regular feedback on performance.

Millennials and Gen Z have grown up in a world with instant information at their fingertips. They don’t like to guess when they can easily Google something and know. For this reason, they’re likely to be curious about their work performance and will require regular feedback to know how they’re doing and what may need to improve.  

4. Flexible scheduling.

The internet and constantly evolving technology has created the opportunity to work anytime, from anywhere. Lucky for these generations, the world currently has an acute focus on remote work options—and just in time. Millennials and Gen Z prefer flexible opportunities for when and where they can perform their jobs.  

Looking to staff up? 

The younger generations are the future of hiring, and by understanding and addressing their needs, you’ll have a much easier time staffing up. But if you find yourself in need of support, Inter-Connect can help. To learn more about our staffing services, contact us today!

How to Boost Employee Morale During Winter

boost employee moraleIt’s widely reported and very understandable: Employee morale falls during winter. Here’s how to beat that with your employees. 

The holidays have wrapped up and it’s time to start a new year, but the weather is cold and grey. If you’ve ever suffered from wintertime blues, you know what it’s like. And seasonal depression is a very real thing. The shorter days and cold temperatures that cause many of us to seek comfort indoors… it can all be very draining. As we long for the spring, this gloomy mood affects more than just our outlook on life.  

Work performance can suffer in the winter 

Feeling unmotivated and uninspired tends to trickle down to the workday, too. In the wintertime, workers can feel down, and their creativity and performance can suffer.  

How to help unmotivated employees

So, as an employer, what can you do to help your employees past the wintertime blues? It’s all about being upbeat and positive. Try any of the following:

Celebrate your end-of-year success.

What milestones did the company accomplish in 2021? What projects did you complete? How has everyone helped the business grow? Sharing all the success and accomplishments from the previous year is a great note to start out on during Q1. Share this with your employees, celebrate and encourage them to keep up the good work.

Start new habits.

Everyone has Zoom call fatigue, let’s face it. We’re all burned out from too many meetings, especially if we’ve spent the past two years working remotely during the pandemic. Switch up routines to help employees attend fewer meetings—what could be easily handled as an email? Reduce the number of Zoom calls and replace them with conference calls, instead. Add new elements to your team meetings, such as a creative activity to get everyone’s minds going (Wordle, anyone?).

Onboard new workers the right way.

Nothing can be more intimidating (and less motivating) than the impending stress of a brand new position. Many companies open up hiring after the first of the year, when the budget has been reset. Help new workers hit the ground running by assigning mentors to help them learn and get used to their new roles. If you work with a recruiter, ask what onboarding services they offer to help new workers thrive.

Help employees achieve their dreams.

Talk regularly with your workers to see how things are going. What do they want out of their career? The beginning of the year is a perfect time to talk about career path and set learning goals. How can you help? Can they take a course or shadow another department? Do they need trial tasks to see if they’d like to try something new? Is tuition reimbursement available? All of these questions can provide information to help your employees advance in their career.

Spring will be here before you know it

But until then, try these tips to help your employees feel better and get their minds back on the task at hand. And if your business is suffering from short-staffing, this can also be draining to your workers. Staffing up is much easier when you work with a trusted partner, like HireCall. We specialize in light industrial and office/clerical workers, and if you’re in need of more hands, reach out today!