Posted on 15/12/2020 by Paula Formantes
The Tripartite Advisory on Mental Well-being at Workplaces was developed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) in consultation with HR practitioners and social agency partners on Tuesday, November 17th to provide guidance and resources on mental wellness to Singapore’s workforce.
There has been increasing attention on workers’ mental well-being and growing recognition that a negative work environment can impact workers’ mental health.
Conversely, workplaces that promote workers’ mental well-being are more likely to observe increased productivity and reduced absenteeism.
Protecting workers’ mental health has become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tripartite advisory sets out practical guidance on measures that employers can adopt to take care of their employees’ mental well-being, and the resources employers and self-employed persons can tap.
These are the 4 key aspects of the advisory for employers:
- Appoint and train mental wellness champions to organize programmes, talks, and workshops on mental wellness.
- Provide training on self-care and equip managers and human resource personnel with skills to be supportive leaders.
- Extend employee flexibility benefits to cover mental health-related consultations and treatments or provide employees access to employee assistance programmes.
- Recognize the need for employees to have adequate rest outside of work hours.
In addition to providing resources and helplines that employees and self-employed persons can utilize to safeguard their own mental well-being, the advisory also offers health tips for work-from-home arrangements.
BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES
Both employers and employees will gain from the adoption of the advisory’s recommendations.
The mental well-being of employees may affect their work, safety, and health. The Tripartite Advisory will help employers to take proactive steps to take care of their employees’ mental well-being so that they are able to stay focused at work, work safely, and stay healthy.
In turn, employers will benefit from a healthy and productive workforce which can contribute to better business performance.
Awareness of mental well-being at a workplace has a positive impact on its working environment and will boost employees’ abilities to respond to challenges. By implementing mental wellness programmes at workplaces, employees can be equipped with coping skills to manage challenges faced at work.
Employers can also train leaders at the workplace to identify and support staff who may have mental health and well-being concerns which creates a supportive workplace environment for better engagement of employees.
IMPACT OF COVID-19
The recent COVID-19 outbreak has led many workplaces to adopt work-from-home arrangements as the norm. This has blurred the lines between work and home, leading to employees feeling more stressed and facing a higher risk of burnout.
The guidelines, particularly the part on establishing a work-life harmony policy for employees to rest and recharge after work, will benefit many workers especially those suffering and those who are at risk from workplace burnout.
The Labour Movement is also committed to working with our unionized companies to adopt the recommendations and partner with our employers and the Government to strengthen mental health-related support at the workplaces.
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