7 ways to support your team's mental health

August 17, 2022

You don't have to come up with global goals and objectives to help your teams get through tough times, either related to the environment or to problems in the organization. First consider what you can do without much work or expense. While this is especially true for Ukrainian companies, so write it down for yourself. We chose 10 of the easiest and most budget-friendly ways to morally support employees.

Incorporate flexible work schedules

Research suggests that flexible work arrangements actually increase work efficiency by 65% And working from home also helps employees save up to $54 per week.

So, both employers and employees will benefit from flexible hours. If your company still has a rigid 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. workday, even in a remote job, it's worth reconsidering those rules. Here's what measures you can resort to:

  • Allow employees to choose to start the workday (e.g., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and adjust the meeting schedule for general comfort - 1:00 p.m., etc.).
  • Allow employees to take a lunch break at will - a "floating" hour.
  • Introduce one day off per month that can be taken without loss of compensation and spent on vacation or with family - Family Day, Bonus Day, etc.
  • Introduce the possibility to take unplanned absences in case of danger during hostilities, bombings (if some of your employees are in high risk areas)
  • Introduce special types of absence in the HRM system, by activating which the employee lets the team know that he/she is unavailable for now due to danger/moral problems/health problems, etc.

Practice short goals

CEOs and senior management usually talk about global goals that the team must achieve in a certain period, or share their vision for the immediate future of the team on calls. It puts on the shoulders of the team members to bring the future as close as possible. Goals, goals, goals. Sometimes we work too hard, but we don't see instant progress or receive any praise for it. This has a very negative effect on employee morale. Try to reduce such a morale burden by breaking big goals into smaller ones, set achievable goals for short OKR periods and don't forget to praise your colleagues for their achievements.

Write down all the big and small wins

Speaking of accomplishments. Do you run your own Slack, have a bulletin board in your HRM system, or even just chat with colleagues on Telegram? Always share any, even the smallest wins with the staff. Did you get a new client? Tell your colleagues about it. Signed a great contract? You can talk about that, too. A product update? A new service? A qualitative change in corporate culture that you can't keep quiet about? Spread the word and in doing so, get your colleagues used to sharing their accomplishments, too.

Introduce an "idea box"

PeopleForce has a cool ability to "donate" ideas to a box in the system and then vote for the most popular ones. For example, if one of us has an idea to buy a projector and get together for movie evenings, they log in, write down the wish, and then we see their suggestion and can support it. Implement such a box of ideas in your team. You can prescribe the rules in advance, for example material ideas should not exceed, 2000 UAH budget f.e. But believe us, the most valuable thing in this activity is the opportunity to offer something and be heard. And during the war it is also the easiest way to start some initiative in the company.