Employees, many times, face many stressful working environments. Especially, those work for Small businesses, they possess a higher stress level. The high-stress level has a huge impact on business development. A research conducted on UK SMEs show mental health issues is responsible for the loss of £30 UK SMEs’ profit. Thus, it is essential for small businesses to improve employees’ mental health.
SMEs lack of funding and human resource management are the main cause of employees’ stress. Funding and human resource management are crucial to ensure each employee comfortable with their job. Without them, employees get psychological distress, job stress burnout, depression, and no work-life balance. Despite that constraint, SMEs still can improve their employees’ mental health.
According to Stevenson Farmer Review published in October 2017, there are several things small businesses can do to solve this issue.
The first thing is SMEs can develop mental health awareness among employees in the workplace. The easiest approach to do it is by conducting a seminar about mental health. However, if they have financial constrain to have a seminar, they still can encourage conversations when people are struggling. Telling employees to listens to their colleague’s problems may lower the stress level.
Besides, SMEs can also promote effective people management between line managers and supervisors. Similarly, the research also found that training managers to embrace effective people management is important for SMEs.
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Both effective communication and people management help address mental health issues. Those two are effective to build trust and connectedness within the workforce. Besides, they help to reduce the stigma to discuss these issues.
In addition, getting across the business case of recognizing mental health issues is also important. This solution becomes more important for SMEs with limited time or funds to deal with the issues. SMEs can put preventive strategies in place. Moreover, they can also invest in their human resources.
Those solutions help SMEs to perform better in the long run. To conclude, it is important for small businesses to improve employees’ mental health.