In order for your team to work to the best of its ability and achieve all the goals you've set for the future, it's vital they're taking care of their mental health. As a team leader, your team look up to you and it's important that you can help provide them with the right tools.

Benefits of a mentally fit team

There are numerous benefits to having a mentally healthy team and workplace, where team members feel valued and respected. A feeling of confidence in the work that they provide, along with a sense of achievement is an important factor, leading to more higher quality work being produced.

Another benefit is the greater sense of purpose that some team members can feel, where they really resonate with the work that they're doing and are more dedicated to their role. These points all contribute to the overall reputation of the organisation, as the more involved and committed your team members are, the greater the success for the business.

How to build a mentally fit team

To enable a mentally fit team, it all starts from the top down, with team leaders setting an example.

  • Encouraging open communication and the use of constructive feedback, both positive and negative can build a more collaborative and understanding team. As a team leader, demonstrating active listening and providing both praise and constructive criticism for people to work on can set an example for your team.

  • Be open about mental health in the workplace and ensure that your team know that support is provided, directing them to appropriate resources like Sonder.

  • Create time to restate what values the organisation follows and how your team's roles fit into the larger picture. This will reinforce the positive contribution their work has in the success of the company, leading to more committed team members.

  • Reduce stress in the workplace for your team members by regularly reviewing workloads and timelines, making sure that your team are able to perform without any undue stress.


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Information sourced from: Heads Up

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