Updated: May 14, 2022
According to the Future of Mental Health report based on a survey of 1200+ employees and 500+ HR leaders and C-level executives, 67% of leaders cited improvement in productivity when offering mental health support to their employees.
When employees are stressed or overworked and their mental and physical health is negatively impacted, they’re more likely to call out sick or underperform at work.
According to the American Productivity Audit, the cost of employees working while sick or unmotivated was over $226 billion for employers nationwide.
A survey conducted by The Conference Board reports that 57% of workers say their mental health has declined since the start of the pandemic, with as many as 77% listing stress and burnout as one of their primary well-being challenges at work.
The same study reported that 50% of respondents attribute part of their stress to pressure related to workload. Another 44% reported that blurred boundaries between work and personal life were also a source of stress.
Employee well-being needs to be woven into the fabric of your company culture and not addressed only when things reach crisis point.
Here are six steps leaders can take to support their employee’s mental health at work:
1. Create clear job descriptions and ensure employees aren’t frequently being asked to do work that falls outside of their roles.
2. Get in the habit of checking in with employees to ask how they’re doing and if they need additional support with their workload.
3. Provide employees with resources and tools that help them manage their own mental health inside and outside of work. This may include posting a list of mental health support resources they can access, sending out health tips via a weekly newsletter, or offering health and wellness workshops.
4. Include mental health coverage as part of your health care plan and offer HSA/FSA to help offset any out-of-pocket costs.
5. Model healthy work-life balance by taking sick and vacation days, taking a morning workout class, starting and ending the workday at reasonable times, and normalizing talking about personal life at work.
6. Invite opportunities to strengthen relationships between employees and managers through group wellness activities such as yoga or meditation, or team building events.
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