Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

The ideal workplace provides a safe environment where employees can do their jobs without fear or intimidation. Unfortunately, though, this is not always the case. Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in the workplace, with employees experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout regularly. Let’s take a closer look at mental health in the workplace.

How mental health issues affect businesses and employees

Mental health in the workplace is important for the ongoing success of the company and the employee. 

First, mental health affects productivity. When employees are experiencing mental health issues, their efficiency and output decrease. It’s hard to give it your all when feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed. In turn, this can lead to reduced revenue for the business. 

Additionally, mental health issues can lead to absenteeism and presenteeism. When employees are absent for full or partial days at work, they spend less time in the office and likely need to catch up. When employees show up but are not fully engaged in their work, presenteeism can lead to decreased productivity. 

Finally, mental health issues in the workplace can negatively impact employee morale, leading to a high turnover rate, which can be costly and inconvenient for the business. It can also cause friction between co-workers. 

Workplaces prioritizing mental health create an environment where employees feel valued, supported, and safe, increasing productivity and profits and improving job satisfaction, employee loyalty, and positive work culture.

Tips for ensuring continued mental health in the workplace

Here’s how to ensure your workplace is not neglecting the crucial need for strong mental health wellness:

  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance. All work and no life makes for a very stressed-out employee. Be sure to carve out time for your hobbies and interests and set boundaries between work and your personal life.
  • Take breaks throughout the workday. Don’t let the workday drag on and on. Taking short breaks will increase your productivity and make the day less stressful.
  • Practice good time management. Prioritizing tasks and managing your time effectively can reduce stress and increase productivity. Use a planning app to stay on top of your tasks and avoid leaving things for the last minute. Nothing says “stress” like a big looming work deadline with little to show.
  • Get support when needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support when needed. Talk to a trusted co-worker, supervisor, or mental health professional if you’re experiencing debilitating stress or anxiety.
  • Push for a supportive work environment. If you’re in management, create a supportive and inclusive workplace culture. Encourage open communication, provide resources for mental health support, and prioritize employee well-being. If you’re not in a position to make these things happen, speak to someone at your workplace who is.