Spot the signs
Recognising the signs of stress, anxiety and depression is a vital skill for HR managers. You are the first port of call if someone is struggling, so while you may be able to spot and solve physical problems, you need to be ready for psychological ones too. This isn’t necessarily easy, as all employees will work best under different levels of tension, and respond differently to additional pressure. It can also be tough for managers to know about difficult situations in the employees’ home. Each individual will have a unique breaking point and put up with a different level of stress before they feel that they can’t control all the demands placed on them.
Individuals suffering from prolonged stress will experience a drop in productivity, and also in motivation. Should the issue persist, the employee may be at risk of developing a mental health problem or suffering from burnout. The signs of impending burnout include isolation from others, an inability to complete routine work to the usual standard, and exhaustion that cannot be relieved by sleep.
It is crucial that HR professionals take steps to reduce overbearing pressure, and recognise employees that may be at risk of poor wellbeing. Making sure managers have thorough awareness and a proper process in place to manage struggling individuals is key. Ensuring that this is the case will help your managers, your employees and the morale of your team, as well as keeping the bottom line of the business healthy.
Employers have a duty of care towards those who work for them. HR, being such a pivotal function, needs to lead from the front and ensure employee wellbeing is top of the agenda. Making simple changes or tweaks can help boost employee performance, along with that of the business.