Importance of Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental health in the workplace is top of mind for everyone these days. While a lot has changed about what we understand about mental health at work, and how widespread poor mental health is, it's worth taking a look at the basics.
“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.” — Lisa Olivera
Mental health has been a critical topic of discussion for the past few years due to how the pandemic changed our lives. Over the past year, nearly 50% of Americans believe their stress has increased. Employees are becoming more stressed due to the decrease of work-life balance because of the staffing shortage the world is facing.
Today, it is crucial for a workplace to support mental health.
Mental health is a topic that has gained public attention for the past few years now. With everything going on in this world, it has become more encouraged to focus on mental health and be open about it.
In just a few years, we have seen many celebrities and athletes come out as advocates for supporting mental health. Sports athletes like Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Dak Prescott, and many more have made world news because of their experiences with mental health. Now that the importance of supporting mental health has become a hot topic in the news, it is no longer a nice-to-have at work but a necessity.
What is Mental Health?
The first step of supporting the mental health of your employees is by understanding what it is. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. When you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected.
Many people aren’t aware of all the different types of mental health. Some mental health conditions include anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorder, psychotic disorder, suicidal behavior, and post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more about each, please visit MentalHealth.gov.
Reasons Why Mental Health is Important in the Workplace
There are many reasons why companies should support mental health in the workplace. Overall, supporting mental health in the workplace is essential to improving office wellbeing. Speaking about mental health is very important as happy employees are more productive. Those with mental health issues while working usually have worse decision-making, decreased productivity, less engagement, and worse communication.
Bad Decision Making – Poor mental health can have a lot of negative impacts on one’s work. One significant impact is poor decision-making. When an employer of yours has poor decision making, they can lead the company down the wrong path by missing meetings, showing up to work late, or not following company policy.
Decreased Productivity – I am sure all of us have had those days where we don’t feel great, and as a result, our productivity decreases tremendously. Unfortunately, those with poor mental health have those days consistently.
Less Engaged at Work – Those with poor mental health will have less motivation and focus than those with good mental health. When someone has poor mental health, they usually think about other things that aren’t related to work.
Lack of Communication – It is challenging to communicate with coworkers when you have poor mental health. When communicating, those with poor mental health can come across as passive-aggressive or hostile.
Ways to Promote Mental Health at the Workplace
When it comes to mental health in the workplace, there is no way to prevent it. However, there are ways to help minimize the effect it has on your business. The best action you can take to support mental health in your office is by offering resources for your employees. These resources can include:
Mental Health Self-Assessment Tools – Self-assessment tools provide questions and tools to help assess mental health concerns. These tools can include a work-life balance quick, mental health meter quiz, and a mood assessment checklist.
These tools provide a diagnosis and help you explore more resources that can help benefit your employees.
Free Mental Well-Being Coaches – The best way to help with mental health is by going to professionals. Offering mental well-being coaches to your staff will help your employees through challenges and help strengthen their mental fitness.
Health Insurance – Provide free or inexpensive health coverage for medication and mental health counseling.
Relaxation Spaces – We all know the stress that comes with every job. Sometimes 5-10 minutes of uninterrupted relaxation can help improve our mental health. Having a space where your employees can take a quick break can help improve your employees’ mental health.
Employee Assistance Program – An EAP is a work-based program that assists employees with personal or work-related issues hurting their job performance. This program is offered at no cost and can assist with traumatic events, challenges, and much more.
Discussing Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental health awareness in the office is crucial to have a successful business. Take the time to implement these programs and policies we mentioned to help increase employee retention, engagement, decision-making, and productivity.
As a staffing agency that employs thousands of temporary employees each year, we are dedicated to supplying our employees with the best resources for their mental health. A couple of months ago, we hosted a webinar on How to Manage Stress with Workzbe Work/Life Integration Consultant Bonnie Bonner. To learn more about mental health awareness, you can view this video below.
At City Personnel, our goal has always been to find the perfect job match for the candidates we meet while creating and developing rewarding long-term relationships. With this in mind, we will be running a webinar series over the next few months with the purpose of providing information on subjects that are of most interest to you.
Are you feeling stressed lately? Nearly 50% of Americans believe their stress has increased over the past year. Want to learn some quick tips on how you can de-stress?
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