Supporting Mental Health at Work: The Sllick Way

What is mental health in the workplace?

With the emergence of mental health concerns during the pandemic, we have seen different companies use a variety of strategies to tackle the negative wellbeing consequences of isolation, burnout and depression. Whether it be holding daily Zoom meetings or discussions around implementing a four-day workweek, this is a topic that has been pushed to the surface as its importance became unavoidable. 

Mental health at work can manifest itself in a variety of ways, from depression and anxiety to overwhelming stress, unaddressed concerns can lead to long-standing mental health issues in the future and decrease overall morale amongst colleagues. 

Are mental health days important?

We spoke to one of our team members who explained the difference between working for a company that didn’t allow flexible working and mental health days, in contrast to Sllick, where she could utilise both.

“The work-life balance at Sllick is amazing. Personally, having a job like this makes you actually care more about the company. If you feel valued and are treated with respect as a person, it also encourages you to work harder and learn more.”

As a parent to a younger child, she also finds comfort in having mental health days that can be requested on the morning-of. The aim of these two annual mental health days is to allow employees some time to be able to recharge. You do not need to give a reason for requesting these types of days off and will not be asked to elaborate unless you wish to. These mental health days are for those mornings when you wake up knowing you won’t be able to focus properly, when just the thought of work tires you, or those days when you just want to stay in bed and watch your favourite TV shows. Knowing that you are able to take two additional days off work each year which are fully paid, just to take care of yourself sends a very clear signal about the importance of each employee’s mental health and work-life balance. 

With positive effects on productivity and self-esteem, mental health days also avoid the pressure and guilt associated with working on days when you know you will not do your best. Whether it be a family loss, sickness, or a much-needed day to disconnect, we have all experienced days when we don’t feel 100% engaged in our jobs. 

Four-day work weeks

Iceland has been conducting experiments with the staggered introduction of the four-day work week between 2015-2019, trialling its effects on mental health, productivity, and quality of work. According to the BBC, it has reportedly been highly successful, with nearly 86% of the population switching to the shorter work week as soon as their employers allowed. 

“Workers reported feeling less stressed and at risk of burnout, and said that their health and work-life balance had improved. They also reported having more time to spend with their families, do hobbies and complete household chores.” (BBC, 6 July 2021)

With such an overwhelming positivity towards a work environment that places wellbeing before the traditional, profit-oriented approach to working, it is undeniable that a little bit more care can go a long way. Sllick aims to be at the forefront of mental health positivity and awareness in the workplace, constantly looking for ways to improve our work environment after such a difficult year and a half.

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