The Small Business HR Podcast

Ep. 3

3. Advocating for Employee Mental Health w/ Nick Staley

In this episode 3, we talk with Nick Staley about the need to be an advocate for employee mental health.
Nick Staley

Nick Staley

HR Business Partner
WeLink Communications

COVID put a magnifying glass on employee mental health—both on what employees’ needs are, as well as what organizations can do to better support them.

We sat down with Nick Staley, HR Business Partner at WeLink Communications, to talk about, amongst the many hats HR professionals wear, the need to be an advocate for employee mental health (a need that’s only accelerated since the start of the pandemic).

We also talked about:

  • What’s changing in regards to mental health and well-being in the workplace
  • What employees expect from their companies—and their desire to talk openly about mental health
  • What managers and supervisors can do to ensure that employees are receiving the support they need
  • The resources available for those in HR who aren’t mental health experts (hint: that’s many of us)

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COVID put a magnifying glass on mental health. Being stuck inside their houses gave people a lot of time to look at their mental health needs, and realize their companies weren’t taking care of them.”

Nick Staley

Talking about mental health in the workplace has been taboo for so long. And that’s finally starting to change. Now, supervisors, managers, and HR all play a critical role in making sure people’s mental health needs are being met.”

Nick Staley

Conversations around mental health start by simply asking: How are you doing? And what can I do to help?”

Nick Staley

Small HR teams wear a lot of hats. But to me, the most important role I have is supporting my team’s well-being. I want my people to know that if they come to me, I’m going to help them find a solution.”

Nick Staley

In the field, it’s important for managers to play the role of HR in supporting frontline workers’ mental health. That means coaching and training them to build trust with their teams, and to know when to step in to help.”

Nick Staley

Creating a monthly, all-hands Mental Health Awareness Day brings to light the common struggles, as well as the resources available to help overcome them, on a regular basis. It normalizes that conversation, especially when you don’t have a dedicated team to lead it (like HR).”

Nick Staley

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