Recently, mental health has been in the limelight and has caused more awareness around the world. It is essential for employers of various companies to understand the different needs of employees regarding mental issues.
Employers must understand and manage the risks of mental health injuries in the workplace. It is a critical factor in maintaining a modern workforce, and for companies to keep up with the rise in mental awareness.
The modern workforce is protected by a range of legislative protections and duties due to the advances that are being made in comprehending the impacts of psychological hazards and other risk factors. Mental health is affected by a wide array of events and circumstances.
Employers have difficulties determining individual factors that affect mental health. It comprises strengths, personality traits, and vulnerabilities. Employers must also know what options and actions are available to proactively identify and effectively manage psychological health risks and concerns in the workplace.
More than 300 million people suffer from depression around the world. Unlike physical illnesses, signs of mental disabilities do not manifest physically, but it does reflect on the behavior and performance of the mentally ill.
Anxiety and depression cost the global economy $1 trillion per year due to lost productivity. A negative working environment causes a wide range of physical and mental health problems among the employees, namely absenteeism, lost productivity, and harmful use of substances.
The most significant consequence of negativity in the workplace is the high cost of losses caused by the poor physical and mental health of employees. Therefore, workplaces must promote and support good mental health to increase productivity and benefit from economic gains.
Initiating seminars on mental health, giving achievable tasks and goals, reinforcing an Employee Assistance Program, and building an open and safe environment for employees, are all ways to promote good mental health among employees.
Unconventional methods of promoting good mental health in the workplace, like letting employees bring their pets to work or supporting arts and crafts, are also a right way of relieving employee stress and increase the productivity in the workplace.