Wilson Public Relations Founder + Chief PR Officer Beth Wilson is a proud member of the Business Journals Leadership Trust, an invitation-only network of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in your community.
While mental health is becoming a more widely discussed topic, many people still feel uncomfortable talking about it, especially in the workplace. This can lead to a lack of support for employees who may be struggling with mental health issues.
Leaders have an important role to play in creating work environments that foster empathy and support for all employees, including those with mental health challenges. Below, 14 Business Journals Leadership Trust members share some approaches that leaders can take to promote a more compassionate and inclusive workplace culture. By implementing these strategies, leaders can help their employees feel supported, valued and empowered to prioritize their mental health.
What Beth had to say:
Share your own experiences.
When it comes to fostering empathy, it’s essential to encourage open communication and lead by example when doing so. After overcoming (and still going through) the personal challenges of my own life, I’ve become an open book about the struggles I’m facing and how I’m navigating them. This has encouraged my team members to do the same and to feel more comfortable sharing what they’re experiencing.