The Impact of Mental Health on Employees’ Productivity

Dennis Relojo-Howell

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Dennis Relojo-Howell, (2020, June 29). The Impact of Mental Health on Employees’ Productivity. Psychreg on Organisational Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/mental-health-employees-productivity/
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Many business owners will have measures in place to ensure that their workers are in good physical condition. However, what many don’t realise is that there is another human aspect that they need to pay attention to: mental health. 

The effect of mental health on a business can be felt with how productive workers are in their day-to-day line of work. This is why being aware of how it impacts your business as a whole can mean all the difference between succeeding and losing precious time and effort.

Mental health and worker productivity

One of the main concerns of business owners is to ensure that their business is working at peak capacity. However, mental health concerns can quickly jeopardise the operations of a company. 

This is due to its severe effect on the employees. A company’s employees are what keep the company moving along and if they’re affected, so is the business. 

Higher turnover rates for companies with negative cultures

One of the biggest propagators of negative mental health is the presence of negative work, business, or company culture. This is because company culture dictates how your employees are treated and what benefits they enjoy while working at your business. Take away things like healthcare and insurance and adding high levels of elitism and unsustainable work ethic and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. 

Higher rates of employee absenteeism

Employee absenteeism is another consequence of mental health issues being prevalent in cutthroat worker environments. Workers who are experiencing mental health problems will tend to have a higher risk of being absent from work. Needless to say, an absent worker becomes a headache for not only you but also everyone else who needs to pick up the work they’re leaving behind. 

Mental health issues slowly affects an individual’s physical well being

Another big problem that can be found in individuals with mental health concerns is that their physical health also starts to deteriorate. This is typically caused by the stress they’re experiencing alongside the unhealthy habits they pick up to mitigate it.

Smoking and alcohol are just some of the unhealthy habits that an individual may have when dealing with mental health concerns.

The solutions to work related mental health concerns

There are a number of great solutions to dealing with an employee’s mental health concerns. However, there are two that significantly stand out from the other solutions.

  • Changes to company culture. This has a tremendous impact on a worker’s mental health. So a great solution to mental health concerns caused by these cultures is to make a shift to a  more positive one. You may be concerned that sacrificing your business’ professionalism for something more relaxed may cut into your business profits. However, what you should know is that better company culture almost always leads to more productivity and is a net positive when it comes to running your business.
  • More employees to handle the workload. A problem that many businesses have is that they tend to put too much work on the shoulders of too few workers. This causes undue stress and the growth of mental health concerns within the company due to stress. This is why you should have an adequate number of workers to handle the workload you’re demanding. You can either hire these workers yourself or have a professional staffing company handle it for you. Either way, having enough workers to handle the workload is a load off of your worker’s backs.

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Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg. He interviews people within psychology, mental health, and well-being on his YouTube channel, The DRH Show.

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