Tips for improving mental health in recruitment
Posted on 29th April 2022 at 14:08
Recruiters are expected to be target smashing go-getters, who can more than manage increasingly heavy workloads. This can be tough for someone dealing with stress, anxiety or depression. We’re all human after all, and everyone is susceptible to feeling low time to time.
With researching finding that recruitment is one of the most stressful jobs in the UK (one in four people will experience mental health issues in any given year), it is becoming increasingly urgent to improve mental health in recruitment, and in general.
So what can be done about it? Obviously, every case is different, but here are a few things that can be done as both as an employer and an employee. As an employer, make yourself available and easy to talk to. Nobody will want to open up to someone they don’t resonate with. Start the conversation with your team members, let them know that they’re more than welcome to talk to you about the issues they are facing. Create regular chances for your staff to talk to you one-on-one, as this is where you can help them.
Another piece of advice would be to invest in training. Discover relevant training programmes to educate and assist you on how to help your team in the most effective ways. Also, you can conduct surveys within the office to see how happy people are at work. What causes them stress? What solutions might aid them? That way, you’ll know a bit clearer what assistance you should give.
Now, what if you’re an employee and you’re struggling with your mental health. What should you do? The first step, and most difficult, is to talk to somebody. Whether it’s your colleague, manager, a friend or anyone else you’re comfortable speaking to. Another point is don’t feel as though you can’t ask for help. Is your workload spiralling out of control? Are you struggling to keep on top of things? Discuss the issue with your manager and see if you can work together to find a solution.
Additionally, if you feel like you need to take a break, then do exactly that; Regroup and recover. Lastly, getting active can be a huge boost to mental health, with research confirming that physical activity helps to promote well-being and lower the risk of depression. Many people might feel too anxious to visit a gym, and that’s understandable, and not a big deal. Instead, just go for a walk in the park, take the stairs rather than the lift, or get into a sport, dance class or something similar with your friends or colleagues after work.
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