It is estimated that 25% of adult workers struggle with mental illness at some point in their professional careers. Less than half of that number get the help they need from either their company or their doctor. Companies that focus on their employees’ well-being and mental health provide a safe space and improve their culture.
Employees with mental health problems like anxiety and depression account for loss of time and productivity. Focusing on managing employee satisfaction and well-being can improve the bottom line for companies and increase focus and productivity.
Creating a company that puts employees’ health first is the most critical way to build a strong team. From support hotlines for your employees to adding mental health medical benefits to your program, there are several things that companies can do to get on board for their employees. Let’s look at a few ways to provide mental health support for your employees.
The benefits of supporting employee mental health
Businesses rely on their employees to keep their company running and maintain productivity. Happy and healthy workers that feel valued are essential to any successful business. When a company focuses on employee well-being and providing support to those struggling with mental health issues can dramatically increase productivity. Employees that are given access to treatment and support are more likely to miss less time and stay focused on the job.
Over half of the employees that have left their current positions claim that the primary reason was due to mental illness and lack of job satisfaction. If your employees feel stressed and don’t feel like they are working for a company that values their well-being, they are more likely to look for work elsewhere.
Methods to Support Your Employee Mental Health
- Mandatory management training that educates your executive branch on recognizing employees’ stress can help you provide support quickly when needed. Your management staff should become aware and invested in the well-being of all employees and educated on how to offer support.
- Open communication and education should be provided to all employees. Informational seminars followed by open discussion can help to reduce the stigma of mental health issues within your team.
- The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act mandates that all corporate insurance policies include coverage for mental health and addiction issues. Make certain that your insurance provider is compliant with these regulations.
- Fear of stigma and shame are the two most prevalent deterrents that prevent those struggling with mental health issues from getting help. Implementing a confidential system like an employee hotline can help encourage those who need it to reach out for help.
- Employee assistance programs should be offered at no cost, maintain privacy, and be available to all employees.
Culture which focuses on well-being
- Remove the stigma of mental health issues by including education and open communication to your company culture and policies. Creating a supportive and open environment can help those struggling to feel more comfortable about seeking out help.
Your company should be a community where all employees can find support and comfort. Working towards a company culture that embraces employees’ well-being and positive mental health can help your business thrive.
Dennis Relojo-Howell is the managing director of Psychreg.
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