Mental Health

Why Employers Should Care About the Mental Health of Employees

It is important employers care about employees’ mental health to enhance their well-being while boosting productivity and creating a healthy workplace.

Mental health in the workplace is more critical than ever, as it affects both the company and the individuals.

Employers may not realize there is a direct correlation between the company’s success and the mental health of their employees.

Read on to learn why employers should care about the mental health of employees.

Lower Turnover Rate

Companies that experience high turnover rates due to a fast-paced, stressful environment tend to lose profits.

Although, individuals may also not be satisfied with their current pay or environment. As a result, they quit abruptly or put in their resignation months after joining the company.

Considering the employee’s mental health can reduce turnover rates. For example, if they are stressed or overworked, they are more likely to seek another job.

Employers should continually ask if their employees have enough workload or too much. Also, ask about their stress level. With mental health, there is a stigma, where many people may have anxiety or depression, and it impacts their job.

For instance, a salesperson in a fast-paced environment may feel the pressure due to anxiety and may be at risk for a panic attack. If employers are not aware of an individual’s mental health, they may put them in a position to fail.

Ultimately, lower turnover rates can occur if employers assess their employee’s mental health or ask them about it to put them in a position to succeed.

More Productivity

Being aware of your employee’s mental health can boost productivity in the workplace.

Employees who may be at risk for depressive episodes or sensitive to high-stress situations may take time off or avoid assignments. Deadlines may not be met on time if employees struggle with their mental health, which is common in specific industries.

If employees are struggling with their mental health on the job, consider scheduling breaks throughout the day.

Employers should also have a solid amount of day-offs for their employees to take a mental health break.

Create a Positive Workplace Environment

The workplace environment affects everyone and establishes an impression of the company.

Employers caring about the mental health of their employees show compassion, resulting in a more positive workplace.

Today, there is something called a “toxic” workplace, where employees tend to agitate other employees. Employers who are too demanding and do not consider their employees’ well-being also get a bad reputation.

Because of the internet, people can now leave reviews of workplaces, such as the website Glassdoor.

Companies with a positive impact on their employee’s livelihood by catering to their mental health receive higher reviews. As a result, they receive more applications for jobs with people eager to contribute to a company.

Lastly, a positive environment also reduces the stigma around mental health.

For instance, those with severe mental health problems will not be afraid to come forward, as some may have suicidal thoughts. It is critical to help them before it’s too late.  

Reduce Costs and Minimize Risk

When employers do not consider the mental health of their employees, especially during hard economic times, they may lose costs and increase their risk.

Employees who experience burnout and struggle with their mental health are more likely to call out of work. Some may leave without any warning or not alert their peers they will not be at work.

Teams that rely on each other are at risk for decreased productivity and profits if a team member is missing without notice.

To reduce these costs and risks, you should ask how your employees are feeling about the current environment and workflow. Employers who ask for feedback tend to do better to make changes and prevent problems before they occur. 

Conclusion

According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 adults in the United States stated they had a mental health disorder.   

It is important employers care about employees’ mental health to enhance their well-being while boosting productivity and creating a healthy workplace.

Also, the company will receive positive feedback and reputation, resulting in more business.

In all, the conversation about mental health continues to grow, and companies that reduce the stigma are more likely to have happier, confident employees that are put in a position to succeed.

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