Did you know that 1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace? And that over 200 million workdays ($16.8 billion in employee productivity) are lost each year due to mental health conditions? With such a drastic impact in the workplace, mental health is no longer a workplace issue that can be sidelined. Large companies like Facebook and Google have already started offering mental wellness initiatives. So, it is now important, more than ever, for small to medium sized companies to take an active interest in employee mental health and create a supportive environment for their employees.
Why should you invest in workplace mental health initiatives?
Workplace wellness is important because poor mental health can affect an employee’s day-to-day work life. Poor mental health can affect an employee’s:
- Job performance and productivity;
- Engagement with work and coworkers; and
- Daily functioning.
As such, workplace mental health initiatives are programs that employers need to invest in. And these wellness programs don’t even need to be costly; simple events like a wellness day require minimal investment but can produce effective results. Supporting mental health programs in the workplace lead to overall improved team performance and employee wellbeing.
Here are three main reasons why employers should promote mental wellness in the workplace:
Increased Employee Productivity and Motivation
When mental health is supported in the workplace, employees are able to perform better. Happy employees have improved decision-making, workflow, and engagement, all of which translate to increased productivity and motivation in the workplace. Employees will feel that they are supported, fostering a sense of loyalty to the company and reducing absenteeism.
Higher Team Morale
Mental wellness programs can lead to higher team morale. When teams engage in wellness initiatives together, both outside and inside work, they start having a shared purpose that builds camaraderie. These shared experiences can go a long way in keeping employees engaged with the team, leading to a positive workplace culture.
Work-related stress within employees can become debilitating and costly for a company. So, investing in programs that deal with stress management or mindfulness and meditation can help reduce stress throughout the workplace. Essentially, less stress in the workplace leads to satisfied employees, which, ultimately, creates a positive culture.
Workplace wellness programs can be a valuable asset for employers and employees. With an increasingly competitive job market, how well a company responds to mental health issues is becoming increasingly important to employees, current and new. To learn how you can leverage wellness programs to the fullest, reach out to CorpStrat and see how comprehensive employee benefits can further attract, reward, and retain new and existing employees.