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- Here are 13 ways nonprofit leaders can take steps to improve the mental health of nonprofit employees through policy changes and workplace adjustments.
- What role can donors play in supporting nonprofit employee health? Why is mental health support critical to preventing burnout in social impact work?
- Learn why nonprofit workers are stressed out and overburdened.
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Ensuring that staff members have the necessary tools and training to handle any challenge thrown at them is just one aspect of being a nonprofit leader. What’s also key to the role is creating a safe environment where employees and volunteers feel supported both as critical members of the team carrying out important work and as people also dealing with personal matters outside of the job.
While organizations have taken more steps in recent years to provide employees with benefits like job location flexibility, caring deeply about your staff’s mental state and making efforts to connect can go a long way in alleviating the burdens employees carry. Below, 13 Forbes Nonprofit Council members share how nonprofit leaders can actively support the mental health of their staff members.
- Take A People-First Approach
- Create Mental Health Policies
- Ask Staff What Would Be Most Useful
- Have Resources And Benefits Readily Available
- Integrate Positive Mental Health Habits Into The Organization
- Have Direct Conversations About Mental Health
- Be An Active Listener
- Make Fairness Your Company's Foundation
- Recognize The Need For Flexibility
- Consider Implementing Restoration Weeks
- Allow For Autonomy
- Make Well-Being And Wellness Part Of The Mission
- Acknowledge The Connectedness Of Work And Personal Lives
Read the full article about mental health policies in nonprofit organizations at Forbes.