We are lucky to be living in a time where mental health is a more open conversation in the workplace. As a recruiter, it is important to be engaged with this conversation, and educate yourself on what is the best way to support mental health. It can be a sensitive topic, but being empathetic and open can assist a candidate in their quest for work. At 2XM Recruit, we can help with tips on the best ways to support mental health in the workplace.
1. Really Know Your Candidate
We recommend genuinely getting to know any candidate you come into contact with. Establishing a great foundation is key to really understanding the person you are working with. Organising a meet-up does not have to be a formal occasion. Why not suggest a coffee catchup? What about a casual phone call over a lunch break? By spending time with your candidate, you will understand what worries them, and their dislikes in terms of stress in the workplace. This should assist in the recruitment process!
2. Be Empathetic
The best way to communicate with someone who suffers from mental health issues is to show empathy. The key to this is being kind and understanding. It is easy to see a person as having “skills” that fit “positions”, but they are so much more than that! If a candidate suffers from mental health, it is vital that, as a recruiter, you view them so much more than their struggles!
3. Educate yourself
While mental health may not be visible to the naked eye, it is important to remember that it does exist! You need to read up on the latest research in the mental health space. This content can be sourced from all sorts of platforms: LinkedIn, the news and individual memoirs. While you may not experience mental illness, it is important to acknowledge that at least a quarter of the population will confront a mental health challenge at some point in their life, you do not be ignorant!
4. Suggest Alternatives
Not everyone fits the same mould. Potentially a 9-5 job may not be the perfect fit for your candidate. Maybe an office environment is not what they are after. Why not suggest alternatives? Giving options to a potential candidate is reassuring them throughout the recruitment process. It is illustrating to them that you are actually trying to be accomodating by suggesting alternatives that may suit their behavioural traits better. There is never a one size fits all approach when it comes to mental health!
At 2XM Recruit, we want to reassure you that we support the conversation about mental health, and see it as an opportunity for further education and understanding of a candidate. As a recruiter, if you educate yourself, you should be able to help any candidate use their potential regardless of their mental health struggles. We want to keep this conversation open!