12th April 2022 All Posts Leadership & Management Early Years Foundation Stage

The Importance of Mental Health in the Workplace

Since the pandemic in 2020, many of us have had to adapt to a different lifestyle and style of working. After a long period of time working remotely – it is only natural for us to feel isolated and alone. Mental health has always been an important subject in the workplace however in the last year it has become more pertinent for us to take notice of our staff and ensure their happiness.

At Connect Childcare, we value the mental health and wellbeing of our employees highly, and those working in the childcare sector should be given the support they need every day.

Today we are going to discuss some of the important reasons mental health is important in the workplace.

It’s the right thing to do

The first and most important reason for you to invest in the health and wellbeing of your workforce is that it is the right thing to do. There has always been a separation between workers and people – but as we evolve in the sector and value individuals and their skills – it is more important than ever to see every worker as a human with unique thoughts and feelings. Taking the time to understand the needs of your employees will build a happier and more loyal workforce.

It boosts productivity

A happy workforce is a productive one – and when you are working in a fast paced sector you need to be sure that your team is on the ball. Promoting good mental health with flexible hours, 1-to-1 chats, and wellbeing perks will make your employees feel more valued at work and also allows them to garner a healthy work-life balance. The happier your employees are; the easier they will be able to concentrate at work and therefore the more productive they will be.

It’s good for business

When your customers are able to see how happy your employees are, it will alter their perception of your business as a whole. Reputation is incredibly important in any sector, and when working with children it is crucial that you are able to put on a positive front and promote happiness.

It can save you money

One of the biggest issues for businesses is sickness. Covid aside, when employees are overworked and stressed, this can impact their physical health and make them more susceptible to catching bugs. By nurturing a healthy workplace culture, you will soon see a dramatic decrease in the number of sick days taken by your staff. 

Mental health in the childcare sector is an important topic, and we hope that this list helped you to realise the importance of workplace wellbeing in 2022.

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