If you're a small business owner and find that your employees aren't benefiting from workplace mental health training, this may be due to a lack of instruction. Your employees may not feel comfortable talking about their symptoms and/or concerns in an open environment. In some cases, you may have all of the employees share a large group meeting where they feel safe and comfortable sharing their concerns. The best way to implement workplace mental health training is to establish a confidential place to do so. Although it might seem inconvenient, your employees will appreciate the privacy, especially if your workplace can be identified by the nature of the training. Many new employees come into a company without any or just minimal experience of interpersonal relationships. They will usually adjust quickly and accept assistance when it's offered. When this doesn't happen, your employees will wonder what is going on in your workplace and what you are doing to address the issue. In order to help provide support for employees, keep open public forums where everyone is able to talk about their symptoms. Include your workers in these sessions as well as staff members, managers, and sales reps. Talk about your company policies, values, and how you handle your issues with emotional or mental health issues. You will probably need a meeting room in which to conduct workplace mental health training. The meeting room should be out of sight and should be quiet. Staff will likely talk about their feelings during these gatherings and an emotional environment can be overwhelming. During this time, encourage people to bring their own items to the meeting room, but try to keep the office atmosphere positive. You will also want to consider using posters, and various other distractions to keep the room calm. Remember, employees like to feel as though they are participating in the conversation, so avoid distracting them with television or loud music. Once everyone has been invited to the office, you will need to be able to assess the employee's needs. Ask the employees to write down questions on index cards. This gives you an idea of the concerns they have about their work and their jobs. If you cannot reach the employees, try calling them and leaving a message and waiting for a return call. After reviewing the information from all of the participants, you will need to determine the employee who needs answers the most. Consider bringing this person to the first session to give the other participants a chance to interact with this person. Explain to the employee that you are there to talk to them about his or her concerns. When you meet with each employee, explain that you want to help them understand how their concerns are affecting their work, especially when it comes to developing interpersonal relationships. Let them know that you will help identify the causes of their concerns and the ways in which they can move forward. You will also be happy to let them know that you will be glad to answer any questions they may have. At first, it will be difficult for the employees to open up with each other about their concerns, but they will probably be willing to do so. Remember, the main goal of workplace mental health training is to assist the employees in taking responsibility for their behaviors and for controlling their emotions. If you attempt to resolve their problems in-person, you may not get their full cooperation, which may cause them to be less cooperative in an online setting. When you do meet with employees, keep your focus on helping them to learn more about their illness and how to control it. Ask the employees to discuss their fears, concerns, and questions. Once you learn more about the illness, you will be able to identify more effective ways to help the employees who suffer from this condition. Make sure that you keep the information confidential, as much of it will not be relevant to the general public. Many businesses fail to address workplace mental health training due to fear of reprisal, or misunderstanding. Always remember that if employees feel comfortable discussing their illnesses, they will find it easier to open up and receive the treatment that they need.

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