Mental Health in the workplace is a real thing, the question is how will you handle it? Mental health disorders are among the most burdensome health concerns in the United States. Many people with mental health disorders also need care for other physical health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness, and disorders that affect muscles, bones and joints.
Employers for many years now have made it a priority to implement healthy workplaces. Those healthy workplaces however often revolve around healthy eating, exercise, and sleep. Those programs focus on the body, with the idea that a healthy body can be at work, and accomplish more while at work. It is the mind however that neither the employer or the employee want to talk about.
Workplace wellness programs can identify those at risk and connect them to treatment and put in place supports to help people reduce and manage stress. By addressing mental health issues in the workplace, employers can reduce health care costs for their business and employees.
Poor Mental Health and Stress can negatively affect employees:
Depression interferes with a person’s ability to complete physical job tasks about 20% of the time and reduces cognitive performance about 35% of the time. Think about that statistic for a moment and ask yourself, in your line of business can you risk an employee who is not functioning at 100%?
The Workplace is an optimal setting to create a culture of health because:
Action Steps Employers can take:
How can JFS help you?
Making employee mental health a priority and creating a workplace with a positive work/ home life balance will likely lead to less turnover, more productivity, and lower operating costs. For more information visit the resources provided in this article or contact JFS at (570) 344-1186.
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