The phrase “Workplace Wellness” usually implies a program at an office to improve the physical health of employees: helping them lose weight, stop smoking, improve lipid profile, blood pressure levels and exercise more. But while all of those goals are important, that alone isn’t enough. It’s also necessary for employees to have access to mental health programs.
By ignoring the mental health of their employees, an employer can suffer serious financial setbacks. According to the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health, mental illness and substance use disorders are the fifth leading cause of short-term disability and the third leading cause of long-term disability.
Narrow it down to depression and you can see how one area of mental health can have a huge impact on the productivity in an office. In a given year, 9.5% of the adult population will suffer from some form of depression. And those who have depression miss an average of 4.8 days from work in a three-month period. That causes 200 million lost workdays a year, costing companies between $17 and $44 billion. And that’s just depression. Add in bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and acute stress disorder and you can see just how important of an issue this is.
That’s why it’s so important for companies to make sure there are mental health programs in place for employees.
What causes poor mental health conditions at workplace?
- Inadequate support from managers and increased performance pressure.
- Poor management practises and job insecurities.
- Poor safety and health policies.
How can employers help employees to achieve better mental health?
- Carry out surveys to identify mental health concerns.
- Encourage a culture of work life balance.
- Organise online activities
- Keep an eye out for signs of mental distress
- More sustainable ways of working
- Connect with your employees
How can KCI Corporate help you?
KCI Corporate is an online health & wellness program that can help you take care of your employee’s overall well being. We have dedicated services for physical health, mental well being, webinars headed by professionals, nutrition and exercise counselling and much more.