For Ace Metal Crafts Company, ensuring a psychologically healthy workplace has always been a top priority. In fact, we find that focusing on psychological health is not just the right thing to do, it is also sound business strategy. We believe that when everyone matters, everyone succeeds. The global pandemic of 2020 has put significant strain on psychological health - more so than ever before. Leaders need to step up to ensure employees are getting the assistance they need.
"We have town halls that are honest and transparent, yet hopeful," says Stout. "We ask for personal updates and people share their personal concerns and wins. Then from a company perspective, we share: Brutal Reality, Credible Hope. This means sharing what we’re up against, what we’re after and why, and the credible hope you leave with. We engage the team in the process of problem solving. How can you help? What ideas do you have? This avoids dishonest cheerleading but also curbs much of the uncertainty."
With the new year just beginning, we must remember that companies are communities. When we work together, we can succeed together. Taking the time to make sure your workplace is psychologically healthy is not only the right thing to do, but necessary to keep your business running effectively.