By Catherine Nitelet-Vedder, Wellness Educator

As a certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor and trusted advisor to employers in 22 industries, across 43 countries, Mettie Spiess has strategically designed effective, sustainable mental wellness programs for over a decade. Now, even more than before, she is sharing why workplace psychological safety training is important for companies to support their employees.

What is workplace psychological safety training?

This training helps employees and their management to learn the best practice strategies to support their team connectedness, give them a clear, respectful communication, and mental well-being, along with tactics to reduce the risk of mental health-related crises, such as burnout.

What does psychological safety training look like?

The Mental Health Safety Training was created to address the demand from companies struggling to address psychological and emotional health issues effectively, comfortably and confidently. Psychological safety at work is a complex topic, as such it is not a one-and-done endeavor. It can take a considerable amount of time, commitment, and in-depth, sometimes humbling work to spot, examine, deconstruct, and improve workplace behavioral patterns.Through my company, AWWS, I help organizations foster mentally resilient employees, create stigma-free work environments, and develop psychologically safe leaders.

How do you know an employee Is struggling?

The most common warning signs managers should look for in their employees fall into three categories – behavioral, verbal, and situational.

Behavioral: Employees may suddenly have a change in appearance, such as being disheveled or experiencing major weight fluctuations. They may be late to work or are more likely to miss work, and they may show signs of substance abuse.

Verbal: As obvious as it may seem when someone says, “I feel like I’m drowning” or “They’ll be sorry,” these signs are often brushed off as minor dramatics instead of a cry for help.

Situational: Employees who are struggling emotionally and psychologically overreact to comments made by team members or situations that normally are considered benign.

Why is psychological safety training important right now?

Even before the pandemic, America had a workplace problem. We have all encountered workplaces where staff walked on eggshells, nobody dared to disagree with the boss, and the idea of asking for emotional support was laughable… It’s natural for people to hold back ideas, be reluctant to ask questions, and shy away from disagreeing with the boss. Given this tendency, the free exchange of ideas, concerns, and questions is routinely hindered, far more often than most managers realize…The stress created by a global pandemic has, over time, eroded employees’ optimism, resiliency, and energy. And with employees dispersed in a combination of remote, in-person and hybrid environments, it’s harder than ever to recognize and address mental and psychological health issues.

Source: TheWellRight Blog

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