The best strategies for creating a healthy workplace are based on a shared commitment between employers and employees. Employees must be engaged in every step, from planning through to implementation and review.
Employees have first-hand experience of mental health risks and protective factors in the workplace, so they're a great source of ideas. They'll also be able to help prioritise what to tackle first and what actions will have the biggest impact. The best change initiatives are informed and underpinned by the needs of employees – without this, they're unlikely to succeed.
Some ways to ensure employee participation include:
- Identify champions and supporters early. Keep them engaged throughout the process to help guide the strategy and communicate it across the organisation.
- Encourage all staff to have a voice. Provide safe and open communication forums where they can express their opinions and start thinking about new ideas.
- Provide open access to all information and progress made in developing and implementing the strategy.
- Seek input and feedback at every phase.