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Christmas is just around the corner and whilst for many employees this can mean office parties, Secret Santa gift exchanges and perhaps even a welcome Christmas bonus, for others it can be a particularly difficult time of the year.
Read on as the Occupational Health experts at YourGP explain why it’s important to prioritise mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, and reveal the warning signs we should all look out for.
Feeling festive or feeling low?
This time of year comes with much excitement but for some people it brings stress and anxiety. The shorter, darker days can impact on an individual’s mental well-being, especially those diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Add to this any money worries, relationship struggles or family tension which are often heightened in the build up the big day, and it’s clear why employers should put extra focus on safeguarding mental health and well-being in the workplace in the lead up to Christmas.
Look out for the warning signs
It is important to look out for any changes in behaviour amongst employees. Whilst a decline in mental health can manifest itself in many different ways, classic warning signs can include:
Take immediate action
We all face difficulties in life, but having someone recognise these warning signs and step in to offer help and support can make a huge difference in terms of getting one’s mental health back on track. Employers can provide help in many ways:
Invest in the mental well-being of your team
YourGP can tailor a variety of Occupational Healthcare packages to suit your workplace. Our Corporate Onsite Clinic, for example, enables your employees to access quality healthcare at a convenient time. That means they can speak to a medical professional about any mental health issues and get help and support right when they need it. To find out more, call 0131 225 5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help your team this Christmas and beyond.
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