We have discussed before many topics regarding the work environment and what it takes to be a good manager. As we have mentioned many times before, the company’s work environment and managers are a huge factor in shaping the company’s reputation.
If a company is known to have a healthy work environment and good managers, it is guaranteed to have a good reputation, but if a company is known for its toxic work environment, you would hear all about it.
A few days ago certain tragic news has gone viral all over the internet, which is an employee at a famous company who committed suicide on the premises. This has gone beyond our expectations; for a company to drive its employees to resign is common, but to drive an employee to commit suicide?! It has gone beyond just a toxic work environment.
So, if you own a company you need to make sure your employees’ physical and mental health are well before anything else.
Here’s what to learn from this tragic news as a company owner and as an employee.
1- Your Employees Come First
As a manager, ask yourself this, what is your company without your employees?
We have stated before many times that employees shape the company, they are the reason behind its success and they are the ones who give it its reputation, so putting them first, will put your company on the right track as it is the first step of its success.
Show them that you care about them and their health, make sure they’re comfortable in the company and they’re not being eaten alive by the stress of the work.
2- You Owe Your Employees
Give them their rights.
Your employees have rights; they have the right to take days off, they have the right to get paid a fair salary, and they have the right to refuse to be treated like a puppet or with disrespect. In fact, you owe your employees for all the success of your business because without their effort and hard work, you wouldn’t be owning the business you do now.
3- Don’t Promote Something While Doing The opposite
Before promoting mental health, check on your employees.
A company is raising awareness about mental health is driving its employees into depression! A high level of hypocrisy. Since you are supposed to put your employees as a priority, always make sure they don’t have any complaints from their managers or even colleagues!
Make sure you’re providing your employees with what they need to make them feel safe in your company. Your beliefs should be reflected in your work system.
4- Stand Up To Oppression
As an employee and a colleague always try to do the right thing.
Speak up in serious situations! If you found a colleague being treated unfairly, speak up. If something is going wrong in the company then file a complaint. Also, pay attention to your colleagues, someone could be going through a hard time due to the stress of the job; try to be there for them and try to help.
5- Don’t Act As If Nothing Happened
When your company is going through a crisis or facing a scandal, be responsible and own your mistakes.
Companies need to learn to own up to their mistakes, when there’s tragic news just like what happened a few days ago, don’t act as nothing happened and start posting about your company, this will destroy your reputation.
6- Change Your Whole Staff If You Have To
You need a healthy place; hire people who can help you achieve this goal.
If you’re receiving complaints regarding managers or a system, change it. You don’t need toxic managers who can make your employees depressed and affect their mental health. Whoever is being toxic to their team or even colleagues can be terminated.
Your main purpose is to create a work environment where employees thrive and develop not fall into depression.
We hope someday companies can learn from these crises and start treating their employees as the main pillars of the business not just slaves!