Tips On How A Manager Can Support The Mental Health Of Employees

Now more than ever, businesses are starting to navigate the complicated realm of mental health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one out of five workers experiences mental illness.

Among this number, only one in three ask help and assistance from either a professional or a colleague. Once they experience the effects of depression, anxiety, stress, and more, they generally feel burdened to work and live life. 

Thus, workplaces need to come up with initiatives that will ease their employees’ mental health concerns. One of the best touchpoints to go about this is through the direct manager. As a manager, what are the strategies that will help support the mental health of your employees? Read on to know some of the best tips. 

Understand The Ins And Outs Of Mental Health

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You won’t be able to fully address your employee’s mental health concerns if you’re not familiar with the roadmap of mental health. Keep in mind that you do not have to explore every bit of it. You just have to understand the fundamentals and its effect on an individual.

So, how can you widen your knowledge on this sensitive topic? Listed below are some of the simple ways you can engage yourself with: 

  • Read Reliable Sources

With the emergence of the internet, more and more resources are now available online. However, you still have to be wary about it. Not everything you read on the internet is factual and accurate. As a tip, read scientific journals or those websites ending in .org and .edu. 

  • Attend Mental Health Training And Discussions

To give you a snapshot of the various facets of mental health, it is best to join seminars. The pandemic has shifted how we maximize the online platforms. Given the reality, there are now many free online talks exploring this topic, which gives you different perspectives and equip you on the science behind it. 

Deep Dive Into The Primary Causes Of Workplace Stress

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Admit it or not, the workplace is one of the primary sources of stress. Once workers feel this, it leads to exhaustion, loss of focus, insomnia, low productivity, and more. Therefore, as a manager, it is vital for you to explore the primary causes of stress in your work environment.

After pinpointing what’s applicable in your current setup, make sure to develop strategies that will address it. Here are some of the most common work-related stress: 

  • Relationship With Colleagues

One root cause of stress is the working relationship with colleagues. Face it. Workmates have different stands when it comes to working. Some accomplish things when put in a time-pressured setup, but others are not a fan of cramming. Co-workers often clash because of issues like these. 

  • The High Demand For The Role

Stress also arises when employees can’t cope with the high demands of the position. Several individuals cannot handle the massive amount of responsibilities on their plate, the scale of the work they’re doing, or the type of job they are a part of. 

  • Changes In Company Culture 

Company culture also changes once management changes. The entry of a new boss might change the usuals. This scenario can also be a source of anxiety for an employee. 

Open Your Door

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Admit it or not, it’s a bit terrifying and awkward to open up to your manager. One silver lining the pandemic has brought, however, is gradually erasing the stigma of mental health. Now, more and more big bosses understand that mental health problems are normal, and that’s where they can come in. 

It is part of your responsibility to check how your employees are doing. To receive an honest answer from their end, you have to show them that they are welcome to talk to you. Leave your door open. This way, your employees will feel comfortable entering your room and speak to you with transparency. 

Aside from this, you must also be honest with them. Give them a snapshot of your experience, especially on the mental health challenges you experience as a leader. 

Be A Model

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Do not be an advocate just for the sake of being one. The best way to show people that you are true with what you believe in is to act appropriately and be a model. A lot of managers only focus on the mental health of their team. Sometimes, they forget to take care of themselves because of their workload.

If your people see that you’re not practicing what you preach, they may not feel motivated to follow your mental health directions. 

Do not burden yourself too much. If you can, go on a much-needed vacation. Do not forget to turn off your email and cellphone notifications so it won’t distract you! If you feel that you need professional help, schedule a session with your therapist. 

Set An Employee Assistance Program

There is no standard approach for addressing mental health challenges. The best way to go about this is to set up an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and incorporate activities that fit your culture. Here are some of them: 

  • Sponsor employee training and development (integrate mental health in some sessions)
  • Establish a buddy support system
  • Improve the structure of employee feedback
  • Send mental health newsletters
  • Provide access to mental health services via person or online

There are so many things a manager can do for his people. Addressing this aspect will increase productivity, decrease employee health care costs in the long run, increase employee retention, and boost your employees’ confidence. 

 

Why You Should Consider Starting A Family Business

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The year 2020 has been full of uncertainties. Jobs were lost, we spend most of our time at home, and the healthcare and financial system are fluctuating. You begin to think: can I still turn this around? Within the bounds of your home, and the limited social reach, an excellent idea to start with is starting your own family business. 

In the United States alone, almost 90% of the existing businesses are either currently or previously family-owned. It has its advantages and disadvantages. It also does not mean that you expect to grow a large corporation right away.

A family business can be as simple as creating your online store, t-shirt printing business, or food delivery business. Whether or not you plan to grow it in the future, it is worth considering. 

Ironically, the instability caused by the pandemic has also paved the way for alternative business opportunities. Here is a list of why you should start considering starting a family business, even outside of the pandemic.

Minimal Starting Capital 

Starting your family business does not have to be costly. For one, you do not immediately need to worry about the cost of labor. When you have your family as your starting team, it is much easier not to worry about compensation payments and other benefits just yet. 

You also do not have to worry about getting a place to build your headquarters. If your family is living in the same house, you may turn a part of your home into your office. For example, if your business is in line with the food industry, you can cook and even set up your store inside your home. 

Like-Minded People 

Growing up under the same roof and upbringing, you likely have the same personalities and worldviews. This way, it might be easier to work because you have people with the same values as yours. You almost do not have to worry about clashing views. 

Skipping A Big Part Of Evaluation 

You probably know your family members very well, especially if you live together. You see them at their most unguarded states. You deal with their raw attitudes and personalities.

You also know their tendencies and attitudes or whether you can trust them or not. Either way, you can be more prepared for safety nets because you already know the person even outside the business. 

Multi-Generational 

If you are convinced enough to start your own family business, consider making it multi-generational. In this way, you get a holistic approach to the business.

Each family member has their own unique experiences and views. You can use these differences to your advantage. Involving family members from different generations can make decision-making or marketing better.

Each generation niche could open multiple vantage points in a problem. What better place to get a diverse and useful viewpoint than from your family, right? 

But it is important to remember not to rely on decision-making and view discussion on the mere powerplay of seniority in age. Everyone should be respected by hearing out their opinions regardless of how old they are. 

 

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Flexible And Stable 

Families are one of those relationships that root from unconditional love. Having your family as your starting team in the business could mean having a sound support system. They are likely to do more and better at their job to keep your business growing. 

If you did things in the right way, you could also expect stability in your family business. Besides, one of the reasons why we look for a job is to provide for our families. What better way to achieve this than putting in a collective effort of providing through a family business? 

Pre-Formed Team 

If you use your family as your starting team, most likely, you already have structure and pre-established dynamics. It may or may not work. But most of the time, you can guarantee cooperation from your pre-formed team. 

However, even though it is easier to work with your pre-established team, you still must make sure that it has a healthy atmosphere. We must keep in mind that not all families have efficient and healthy dynamics. 

Like any other business, you must make sure you get a proper evaluation of each members’ strengths, weaknesses, and work ethics. But since this is a family business, the relationships and identity of the people are far more complex than a simple employee-boss relationship. 

For example, you may have emotional baggage in the family that could later affect your work dynamics. Whatever happens along the way; you cannot merely cut the relations of being a family.

In other businesses, you can simply get fired or quit the job, and you almost do not have to deal with it anymore. In families, you will still see each other in thanksgiving, holidays, birthdays, etc. 

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Conclusion

Overall, having your own family business is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it would give you convenience when it comes to the cost-efficiency of resources. You can work in a more comfortable environment with people you are satisfied with. 

On the other hand, creating your own family business can be challenging if your family dynamics are in a rough state, to begin with. In any workplace, it can be toxic when there is unnecessary powerplay and exploitation. It is much more complex for families because your relations do not end there. You do not stop being a family. 

There may be many critical factors you must consider in a family business, but in uncertain times such as a pandemic, it is worth exploring this option.

Trying Your Hand At Auctioning Post-Pandemic

Auctions are happening every single day of the week, and many of them may be happening right in your city. Attending one is a way for people to start a buy-and-sell business, you see. Whatever you end up buying at an auction can be sold at a price you decide on. If you are lucky, and you buy the contents of a storage unit, you may get a vintage piece and sell it twice or thrice the amount that you have paid for the entire thing.  

Here’s a beginner’s guide for folks who want to try their hand at auctioning post-pandemic.

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Look For A Trustworthy Website

The first thing you need to do is find a big database where auctioneers can set up an account and upload a description about their company, a link to their website, and dates for their upcoming auctions. They can come here to post photographs of the items that they will be auctioning off, too. That is usually an opportunity to take a look at the products to get a general idea if you wish to attend that auction or not. After all, you are getting an idea about the listings, so you know if anything seems interesting. 

The website you will stick to should be easy to navigate. In the primary function, you type the zip code and wait for the option to show you the auctions happening or about to occur within a specific radius. For instance, in case you are willing to drive anywhere from 30 to 300 miles, go for it. If you are looking for a particular type of items, such as an antique or a gun or a coin, you may type the keywords as well.

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Check Out The Photos

The auctioneers you want to pay attention to are the ones who have taken the time to upload images of the things that they will be up for bidding. And I am not talking about stock photos that you can get for free on Google, okay? They should be real pictures that show every facet of the item. 

This is why you need to see everything through a website first. When you click a photo, you will be able to enlarge it and identify if the stuff you are checking out is worth its starting price or not. If it is, then feel free to sign up for the auction. If it is not, you can find at least a dozen more auctioneers with authentic products on display. 

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Decide On What You Wish To Buy And Sell

A lot of the stuff can be pretty cheap in auctions and do not cost a lot of money. That is especially true when you bid on items in storage units. However, the older and more preserved an object is, the higher its value gets. E.g., coins, guns, vases, antique glasses, jewelry, etc. 

You need to think if you will buy the cheaper pieces and reduce the chances of losing money or go for the gold (sometimes literally) and become rich quickly. Either option seems very tempting, I know, and I cannot tell you which one to pick. It all depends on what your potential buyers may want, so consider their views before joining an auction.

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Final Thoughts 

Since there is still a raging war against the coronavirus, it does not seem like the auctions will open until after another month or two. In your case, that’s okay as you get a chance to genuinely think things through and figure out what kind of items you should be buying and selling.

But before the crisis ends, I suggest that you go to an online auction to get a feel for what takes place in such an event. This way, you will realize which auctioneers to look for and win every bid. Good luck!

 

Challenges Businesses Will Face

In the last 2019 Nutrition conference, there is a discussion about how businesses should focus on the public’s economic benefits. That is why there is an emphasis that entrepreneurs should consider incorporating health and wellness into their products. But not all businesses succeed in that. Let us understand what the challenges they face are.

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Lack Of Resources – All businesses did not start having all the resources for their disposal. Honestly, every business went through a tough patch only to keep the company running. It is a normal process, and over time, if all went well, there is an excellent chance of succeeding through the learning and experimenting. Soon, the business will understand the significance of creativity, and that gives them a competitive advantage.

Lack Of Genuine Support – Businesses fail because sometimes, they get caught up in listening to the negativities around them. Somehow, it seems like the struggle in providing people with great products relies on how other close individuals appreciate the effort. Yes, some of them congratulate the business because that’s the nice thing to say. But in reality, some of these people are only present in monitoring and criticizing the business evolution, and waiting for it to crash.

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Unclear Vision – Some businesses fail because they only care about money-making. Yes, a lot of companies focus solely on generating profit instead of providing quality services. That is a problem because if businesses only care about themselves, they will never gain public trust. There is no way people will choose their products.

Industry Changes – It happens all the time in a fast-moving industry. Since no one can predict a business evolution, no one can tell if a business will succeed for a long time. That even if there’s a technological involvement, there is still no assurance that people’s needs stay the same after a few years or decades.

 

Your People Will Mirror Your Business To Clients – Choose Wisely

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One thing that I enjoyed about the 2019 Business Events was how the speakers and the entrepreneurs talked about their humble beginnings. I am always fascinated on how businessmen think. It was a mystery to me. Things like how they come up with their ideas turned business plans for when initiating the business, how much risk they were willing to take and how to circumvent it, and finally, how they went about their business plan, doing it and being successful in the long run were very interesting to me. That event was a life turning point for me.

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4 New Jobs To Try Amid A Pandemic

Have you heard about the President urging the mayors and governors to open their cities for business amid a pandemic?

No one can blame His Excellency for that—the economy has been gravely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Factories needed to halt their operations; non-food stores had to shut down to lower the chances of virus transmission. Because of all these, many people are suffering from unemployment.

I know that you may be sad and worried about the future if the bosses fire you amid a pandemic. However, it will help if you remember that that’s not the only job you can have. Here are four new ones to try:

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Writing

Writing is one of the most practical jobs to have during a worldwide crisis. After all, you do not have to come to the office to start working. You can write under the tree or in your bedroom anytime as long as the ideas flow. A computer or laptop is not even an immediate necessity, considering you can use your phone to do it.

In case you wish to become a writer, you may look for clients at freelancing platforms like Upwork, Hubstaff Talent, Fiverr, etc. You will find hundreds of new offers every day, so you can choose where to send your application. Should you have a story in mind, you may write a book and try self-publishing.

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Baking

Baking is a secret obsession for many individuals. Some love to learn the basics by watching YouTube tutorials; others sign up for a crash course in baking. Either way, if you bake pastries well, you should try selling them.

Do not readily assume that it won’t be a hit because everyone is at home or because you do not own a shop. When you have plenty of friends online, you can post beautiful photos of your creations and wait for them to ask where you have gotten them. Once it happens, you can start adding a price to every pastry and taking orders from new customers.

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Painting

Being a painter is seen as a luxury job because every painted canvas can cost anywhere from $100 to $450,000,000. Yes, I mentioned nine digits—that’s not a typographical error. The painting is called Salvator Mundi, a masterpiece of Leonardo da Vinci.

It is alright if you are not as creative as the classical and modern painters that everyone knows. It does not mean that you cannot choose a specific theme for your subjects and hold an art exhibit. Even if you can only do it once a year, selling all your paintings at once can bring you a fortune.

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Becoming A Social Media Influencer

Are you always on Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube? You may be spending hours on these social media channels, doing nothing but stalking your favorite influencers. If you want to be productive without needing to go offline, you may try to become an internet sensation yourself.

This job is suitable for you, given that you may already know how influencers make money online. For instance, you can decide on a niche—or three—and film, edit, and post videos on YouTube. You may then use other platforms to promote your new channel so that more people will subscribe to it.

Final Thoughts

Perhaps your unemployment is a blessing in disguise, a way for you to focus on a job that you will not mind doing until your retirement. Although it may be challenging to fathom how you can transition to any of the careers mentioned above, you should never lose hope. Pick the one that you feel most interested in and stop wasting your time with other jobs.

Employees Conference And Business Training Are Necessary

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Attending the 2018 Employees Conference was an excellent opportunity for an employee like me to learn more about the business world. I know that I have the right morals and ethics while in this profession, but I sought more information on this particular need since it will benefit me in the future. Business is a complicated world with various fields and industries. What may be right for this field may not be applicable for the other, and so attending this conference was a good chance to look into that opportunity.

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Employees Conference And Business Training Are Necessary

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Attending the 2018 Employees Conference was an excellent opportunity for an employee like me to learn more about the business world. I know that I have the right morals and ethics while in this profession, but I sought more information on this particular need since it will benefit me in the future. Business is a complicated world with various fields and industries. What may be right for this field may not be applicable for the other, and so attending this conference was a good chance to look into that opportunity.

Owning a business may be an exciting path to take, but not everyone is entrepreneurial or have that skill to be a business person. Luck, perseverance, and exceptional business skills should be on your side to succeed in this money-making activity. Having a business may take a lot of guts as well as capital – I mean, you do need the bravado to embark on a business concept.

You also need the right amount of cash so that your business will start well. Just a reminder, before embarking on business, learn about your customers and then be equipped on how to market your brand. As an employee now for a service concern business, I too have to know about these areas, for it will help me to be productive and for the continuity of the business.

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First, you can start taking business lessons or business courses to help you and as training on how a particular business works. When I was hired, the manager in our department subjected me to a 3-day refresher on the company’s business. Yes, even employees are trained on how the business works – not just entrepreneurs. On the other hand, you may want to experience being an employee first before venturing to a more complicated task of owning a business. It was suggested to us during the conference.

As an ordinary employee, one doesn’t know the ins and outs of a business unless you are part of the HR department or if you are in a higher position. As an employee, you are trained to get focused on the position or job being assigned to you. But you should also know your rights as an employee and as part of the workforce. The conference was keen on that.

I have learned that you just don’t sit there and perform the job they ask of you. Of course, you need to do what you are supposed to do but always be aware of your rights. Being compensated is undoubtedly a great deal, but it’s also your prerogative to know if you are receiving the right compensation in exchange for the work you are doing. Make sure you are getting the right health insurance or any other compensation that comes with your work. I have also learned that it is essential to know the labor laws or the company’s by-laws before you venture or apply for any job that suits you.

 

Behavioral Psychology 101: Social And Environmental Perspective

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Most psychologists and psychotherapists agree to research that affects behavior, which is the social and environmental perspective. It represents the interaction between people’s traits in social and environmental interaction. It means that part of people’s social equation is learning of things through the response they give and get from others. That is the reason why people seem to act, think, and respond the same way and others differently.

The Environment And Behavior

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Different people choose to stay in a different environment. There are categorized types of individuals that hang out together because they share the same perspective in almost everything. Their views and opinions make them attract each other. However, there are those individuals that often opposes. But it does not mean that they don’t belong to the same circle. It just proves that people’s thoughts and ideas differ depending on the kind of perspective they wished to follow even if they share the same group. But why is that?

People differ in perceptions regardless if they are staying at the same type of environment. Their behavior depends on certain factors such as upbringing, childhood experience, trauma, regrets, and doubt in one’s self. However, these things only take a small percentage of people’s behavior because of the environment that individuals have impacted their lives in an unnoticeable way. That is due to the presence of peer pressure everywhere, and most people are dying to fit in. There is this mentality that being different is unacceptable to society.

Behavior And Control

Honestly, people’s behavior depends on situations and other individuals they try to surround themselves. That is the reason why everything they say and does always goes back to the vital sense of personal control. It is the extent where individuals perceive what things around them are merely results of their decisions. These things include their life and relationship struggle, as well as social and environmental connection. They believe in having control over their fate and luck. However, not all the times it is like that. Some individuals go with the flow because that is how they picture control. As you can see, all theories of behavior go back to “perceptions.” But the whole point of understanding behavior relates to people’s response where it reveals some things about their motivation and concerns towards what is in front of them.

People’s different personalities and traits get determined by others through their reaction and response from social and environmental interaction. There is an expectation that all things that matter for someone will not entirely matter to another. There is a tendency that what goes beyond people’s expectations towards learning themselves does not apply to those who already knew who they are.

Insight

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Different unconscious processes drive people to do the things they believe is right. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with that. All individuals see things differently, and that is why their behaviors also differ. Honestly, there is nothing complicated in understanding human nature. Everything is just a matter of perspective.

How Your Behavior Defines You

Would you agree if someone will tell you that you are not a genuine person? That all things about your personality are just an imitation from others? Of course, you would not want that. Perhaps you know that you are unique and that the things you do remind you of how you should become as a person.

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But given that idea, how will you be able to know if you are always acting the right way? Will you know that your behavior is something that makes you either bad or good? What are the traits and personalities that can define you?

Behavioral Misconception

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A lot of people like you always suffer from a behavioral misconception. It is where others make a wrong impression of you due to your chosen habits and traits. An example of this is the attitude of always complaining about things. For a lot of people, this type of personality and behavior is a negative one. That is because your often complaints about things make people think that you can’t find enough reasons to appreciate your surroundings. There is an impression that anything that they tell you will have no importance. There is a conclusion that you are not happy with your life because you complain a lot.

Though there are times, it might true. Some people still manage to put things out of proportion. Other individuals look deeper and find that perhaps the reason why you often complain does not entirely conclude negative impacts. That is because there is a significant chance that maybe you are experiencing an emotional and mental battle. And that the negativity you see comes from your anxiousness and depression. So if you can see, you and other people’s perception creates a different understanding of behavior.

What Makes You Different From The Rest?

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Yes, you are a unique individual and everything you do appear to be part of your personality. However, even though a lot of people say you are different, there are always some individuals who will think, act, and respond like you. Meaning, there is still an exceptional chance your behavior is not yours alone. The reason for that is the effects of your social and environmental interaction. You become who you are because of the people around. You get to understand yourself from their judgments and criticism towards the things you say and do. Yes, sometimes they can be wrong, and sometimes they can be right about you. Overall, it is you, and people’s opinions toward you will define the type of person you are.

But don’t get it wrong. There is an instance that even if you portray a good example, it is not always taken as it is. Others will look at your behavior differently. Meaning, whatever you do, when you act, think, and respond negatively, it becomes part of you. But, it does not mean you must stay that way. You can still find ways to improve and become a better version of yourself.