With mental health in the workplace under the microscope today, it seemed a fitting time to emphasise the importance of a positive company culture. Mental health is something that is being identified much more frequently these days, and the numbers of people suffering from it is a big concern. Recent findings have suggested that one in four people will fight a mental health problem this year. As a result, it should be a priority for businesses to ensure they encourage a close and supportive workforce. Even though this would clearly not solve all the problems surrounding mental health, it would certainly have a positive impact.

Look forward to coming into work.

If there is a positive atmosphere in your working environment, it becomes easier to motivate yourself to get out of bed in the morning. Knowing that you’re entering a workplace where you can express yourself comfortably with colleagues is a great comfort. It allows you to come into work with a positive mindset, which can set you up to perform well within your role. Success will then increase your work satisfaction. Such a sequence can go some way to preventing mental health problems being caused in the workplace.

Can talk through any problems.

Working for an oppressive company can result in several problems for employees. One being a lack of interaction, something that is a vital everyday requirement. Without being able to communicate with colleagues, individuals can start to feel isolated, leading to their mental state being severely challenged. On the other hand, if there is a friendly and upbeat atmosphere, where relationships are allowed to be developed, such negativity is avoided. Moreover, employees will feel more comfortable to confide with colleagues about any problems they’re experiencing. Even though this may not provide a solution, talking to someone can often be a great comfort. Mental health problems can still occur, but a supportive, tight-knit workforce can certainly reduce the probability of them developing.

The responsibilities of employers.

Therefore, employers have a big responsibility to ensure mental health issues are not caused directly by workplace conditions. This can be in relation to the environment they create, and the staff they bring in. If they allow for a fun, but professional atmosphere, it should result in a happier workforce. In addition, if they prioritise culture fit in the hiring process, it should lead to suitable staff being brought into the business. Recruiting new members to the team that complement the personalities of the existing workforce should only enhance a sense of unity. This does not prevent mental health problems from potentially emerging, but it can do no harm to the chances.