Create a workplace culture that values empathy and understanding by engaging in supportive conversations about mental wellness. Practice having a supportive conversation with a direct report who is struggling with their mental health. These types of conversations not only enhance the well-being of your employees, but also foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie among the entire team. Demonstrate genuine concern and actively listen to the struggles of a direct report to increase engagement, improve job satisfaction, and ultimately boost productivity.
Scenario: Create a safe space for a team member to discuss their emotions and state of mind in the wake of a recent downsizing. In this experience, you have the opportunity to address challenges proactively by helping a struggling member of the team overcome feelings of isolation and regain focus.