After starting your Heads Up Action Plan and identifying priority areas to take action, you have taken a critical first step in creating a mentally healthy workplace. In the second of the three-step approach adopted by the Heads Up Action Plan (visit Heads Up to start your own Action Plan) comes the need to implement those priority actions.
Business leaders and managers will need to develop a set of clear and measureable objectives for the plan to be embedded into workplace practices.
All objectives developed should look towards the future and also describe the outcomes expected from the initiative. Of course, the number of objectives will vary depending on the size and resources of each business.
It is also important that your Action Plan outline ways to measure whether these objectives have been met, and also at what point this occurs. Some of these objectives may be related to:
- Strategies to decrease the impact of risk factors in the workplace.
- Systems to identify employees who are not coping.
- Programs to support those with mental health conditions to stay at or return to work.
Next, business leaders and managers must identify how and when the objectives they outline will be met, and what strategies will be implemented and who will manage their implementation.
The type and number of actions that each business or organisation can take will depend on the resources they have available to support the plan, including financial, time and skills.
With a clear set of well-prepared aims, objectives, and strategies, a business or organisation will be ready to implement change and start creating a work environment which is mentally healthy for all employees.
It’s important to note that whenever a business or organisation is ready to implement their plan, it should be approached like any other change in the business. There needs to be open communication, consultation with employees and a commitment at a management level.
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