When you see one of your employees struggling emotionally, how do you respond?
Ignore, hoping the employee will work it out on their own? Ask someone else to check in on the employee because you’re not sure how to handle the situation?
In anticipation of May Mental Health Awareness Month, the below video is an inspiring example of how a leader helped an employee receive mental health services.
Listen for how Michelle balanced showing empathy while giving her employee the choice to receive help. Listen also for how Michelle has transformed her own mental health struggles and is now using her previous difficulties as one of her leadership strengths.
According to a 2021 Harvard Business Review study, three-quarters (76%) of full-time U.S. workers reported experiencing at least one symptom of a mental health condition in the past year. Those employees who felt supported by their employer were 5.6x more likely to trust their employer and 2.5x more likely to stay for 2.5 years (emphasis added).
Showing empathy and compassion for your employees can be the gamechanger for retaining good employees at a time when many organizations are losing employees in droves.
If you’re ready to learn how to become comfortable having conversations with your employees about mental health, schedule a complimentary 30-minute call to discuss ways to be an advocate for your employee’s emotional well-being.
Michelle’s example shows us, when you convey genuine care for your employees you increase the likelihood of retaining valued employees, and you might even save a life.
About the author
Bonnie Artman Fox has a background as Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Psychiatric Registered Nurse. Today her primary role is working with leaders as an organizational health consultant to create work cultures employees never want to leave. Bonnie is the author of the best-selling book How Did My Family Get In My Office?!