Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Depression is a leading cause of disability—one that can have a negative impact on employee morale and productivity.
While mental health has received a lot more attention in recent years, it still isn’t widely understood by many employers or employees who haven’t experienced mental health issues themselves. Here’s just one story that helps put the struggle into perspective:
How to Prioritize Mental Health in the Workplace
In order to keep workers happy and healthy, employers need to understand how company policies and procedures can have a direct impact on mental health. The following are just a few workplace factors that pose a threat to your employee’s emotional well-being:
- Inadequate health and safety policies
- Poor communication and management practices
- Limited input on key workplace changes
- Limited employee support
- Inflexible working hours
- Unclear tasks or organizational objectives
Beyond understanding how the workplace can negatively impact an employee’s mental health, employers need to create a healthy work environment. The following are some activities to try:
- Invite local, qualified mental health experts to speak at your place of business. These individuals can cover topics like nutrition, fitness and managing stress.
- Sponsor employees and allow them to take part in things like charity events and fitness campaigns.
- Encourage employees to form a wellness committee.
There may be situations where your organization is unequipped to address serious mental health concerns. In these instances, it’s important to seek the help of licensed mental health professionals.
While work can be fulfilling and good for an individual’s morale, it can also lead to serious issues in a stressful work environment. Addressing workplace concerns as they arise and enlisting the help of qualified experts can go a long way toward establishing a healthy and happy workforce. This, in turn, will ensure that your employees continue to produce quality and efficient work.