Some employees are handling anxiety. Some are stressed out. And, some are battling depression. It’s not always visible when someone is coping with a mental health issue.
To complicate matters, people are often hesitant to discuss mental illness, especially at the workplace. While consciousness is growing and more individuals (including celebrities) have started to share their personal stories, the stigma continues. That’s why it’s so significant for employers to build a work environment that is genuinely supportive of mental health. Providing appropriate resources and creating a culture that prioritizes emotional well-being. It helps employees who are striving to feel safe and encourages everyone to improve their mental health.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Many organizations fall short when it arrives at employee wellness. While it’s excellent that most corporate agendas heavily emphasize physical health through perks like dental plans and prescription drug coverage, the body is only half the equation. Our brains are just as necessary to our well-being. Considering the pernicious effects mental illness can have on physical health, such as raised blood pressure, hormonal imbalances, and increased cancer risk.
When an employee is undergoing this stress, so does their work. Depression has become the preeminent cause of disability across the world, and it’s calculated that 172 million workdays are wasted due to depression each year. Stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues add to the problem, leaving people less engaged, concentrated, and productive.