Video transcript - How managers can model positive mental health behavior in the workplace
Something else that managers can do is encouraging your employees to take breaks, to take their PTO, to take a mental health day. We all need breaks. And so we can sometimes fall into the trap and believing that if we work all the time, we get more done. But what actually happens is that affects our productivity. And so being able to really refresh ourselves when we're at work, we can feel more mentally and physically better to perform.
So if managers are taking breaks, if they're expressing that they take breaks, if they're taking PTO, their employees are more likely to do so. You can create this culture where taking breaks becomes the norm. And another way that managers can really support their employees is by respecting their calendars and the times that they're able to work.
So if an employee really can't work past a certain hour because of a family or maybe religious obligation, really respecting that and knowing that as long as they're performing, do we really need to be sending those emails at 9:00 PM at night? Can it wait till the morning?
And like I said, I think managers really need to go first. If you can model for your team what having a work-life balance looks like and express that to your team, that really can mean that your employees are really more likely to then prioritize their calendars. And their work-life balance will be better.