This weekend marks ‘World Mental Health Day’, a day dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and due to the toll of the pandemic, this year’s campaign is arguably the most significant in the movement’s history.

Too often the stigma surrounding mental health leaves people afraid to talk openly, and this is especially common in a workplace environment.

At Walnut, our focus is on workplace wellbeing and how it affects staff and the office setting. We want to ensure that mental health is not only considered on its campaign date, but on all the other 364 days of the year.

That’s why we have put together some of our key recommendations for maintaining positive mental wellbeing in the office:

Promote a work/life balance

The pandemic has shown how easy it is to move the office into people’s homes and while remote working was initially seen as a temporary fix, many companies, like Walnut, have decided to implement home working and flexible working hours into the permanent routine.

For most of us, the balance of office and home working is key to supporting positive mental wellbeing. It also allows staff to work around periods of time during which they are dealing with personal issues, counselling or doctor’s appointments.

Open to discussion

When it comes to mental health, a problem shared is most definitely a problem halved. Discussing   a personal or workplace problem is how solutions are made.

As a company, we feel it’s essential to promote a healthy, supportive organisational culture. Which is why we encourage discussion - as this not only supports positive mental health, it also encourages personal growth and creates a comfortable environment for staff.

Access to help

We know not everyone feels comfortable enough to discuss their mental health openly which is why we wanted to ensure our staff have the appropriate support systems in place to help with personal and workplace anxiety.

Recently, Walnut signed up with Perkbox, a platform bringing employee benefits, wellbeing, feedback and recognition together. The site offers a 24/7 employee assistance programme, a free online GP and a library of help resources to help staff struggling with their mental health. We think it’s key that resources are in place for those who need them.

Workplace perks

Employee perks and benefits are not a quick fix solution to resolving workplace anxiety, but they can be fundamental in supporting an overall happier company culture.

Company benefits, access to resources/training or even a free lunch (aka Greggs!) are all ways to help employees feel valued. Often small gestures are the kind of thing employees notice and appreciate and plus, who doesn’t love a freebie?