How can you help younger employees feel connected in the workplace?
June 21, 2022
New research by mental health organization Sapien Labs shows half of young people worldwide have experienced a decline in mental health and deterioration of their connectedness to others after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Harvard Business Review.
As a leader who faces a challenging labor shortage, how can you ensure your youngest employees receive the support they need and can effectively build relationships in the workplace? Harvard Business Review offers the following recommendations.
Make mental health a priority. Focus on mental health in your company’s policies and programs. This could include covering therapy costs or offering a stipend for mental health services, as well as offering competitive pay and expanded family leave policies.
Build your community when onboarding new employees. Onboarding is an opportunity to show new employees you offer a culture of mutual support and well-being. Make a point to focus on creating relationships and connections from the beginning.
Offer coaching. Employees thrive in environments where they can learn and grow. You could consider providing coaching sessions with external professionals, career workshops or peer-mentoring programs, which have been shown to create meaningful connections for employees.