Supporting young people’s wellbeing in the workplace
We're not one for jumping on the bandwagon at Outward Bound, but anything that shines a spotlight on mental health awareness gets our seal of approval.
As this is 'Mental Health Awareness Week 2019' we thought we'd write a blog about the importance of young people’s mental health. Particularly in times of transition. And what can be done to help young people bridge the gap between school, further education and employment - and the minefield of potential psychological stressors that brings.
We work with employers to address the behavioural skills gap in apprentices and graduates. When young people start out in the workplace, employers often find that they are not sufficiently prepared to adjust to the demands of employment, and skills that would enable them to adapt positively are often lacking.
Top tips for mentally healthy workplaces
We believe that wellbeing should be at the centre of every workplace strategy. Higher rates of mental wellbeing are linked to happier workforces and greater job satisfaction. It seems like a no-brainer to us, so we’ve compiled our top tips for promoting good mental health in the workplace.
1. Leadership commitment is key. Company leaders must clearly communicate their wellbeing vision. Set clear expectations regarding wellbeing amongst staff, and lead by example. Remember that new apprentices and graduates often have no benchmark of expectations in the workplace, and if you’re not going to take mental health seriously, why should they?
2. Talk about it. Make time to chat, and find out what is impacting (positively and negatively) on your graduates and apprentices’ actions and relationships at work. Is there adequate opportunities for them to discuss any issues they might have, and do they know about your policies and procedures to prevent bullying, harassment or discrimination?
3. Create a supportive environment. Your early careers talent are much more likely to focus on their mental health if their workplace environment supports this to happen through culture, policies and practices. Young people often come straight from an educational environment, where everything is very familiar and ‘safe’, and workplaces are fundamentally different. This difference can be overwhelming, so ensure there are channels of support available to them, both formal and informal – just in case they’re struggling.
Young people’s mental health is a topic of constant debate. Our report looks at if connecting with the natural environment is beneficial and how you could use this.
Free taster course
Find out how the power of learning in the wilderness can nurture young people's mental health and wellbeing at our free taster course on 22-23 November 2019.