The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that mental diseases influence employees in numerous ways. Of course, they can significantly modify job performance and productivity, but mental illness also affects an employee’s communication with coworkers and their physical capability to function everyday.
According to the CDC, depression affects an employee’s ability to do “physical job tasks around 20% of the time” and can result in a 35 percent decrease in cognitive performance.
Employees who are depressed do not always seek help. Those with mental health conditions of moderate depression receive therapy 57% of the time. People who say they have severe depression are considerably less likely to seek help. Only 40% of the time do they seek expert help.
Employees, according to the CDC, “The highest health care costs throughout the three years after an initial health risk assessment” were those with a high risk of depression.
Why is there such a disparity between the number of employees who have mental health concerns and those who seek medical or psychiatric help?
Despite the fact that a recognized and properly treated mental health issue can “alleviate symptoms for the employee and improve job performance,” Harvard Health reports that “the stigma attached to having a psychiatric disorder is such that employees may be reluctant to seek treatment.” They fear it will jeopardize their jobs, so they avoid treatment.
To address the relevance of mental health in the workplace, both employees and employers must change their attitudes towards mental diseases.
Employees must also have the understanding that treatment does not always result in a rapid fix in order to feel comfortable taking the time they need to treat their mental illness.
Strategies to Improve Workplace Mental Health Wellness
In the workplace, holistic wellness can boost mental effectiveness, productivity, energy, and employee engagement.
Indoor Air Quality
Employees in the corporate world spend 90% of their time indoors. This has a significant negative influence on their mental and physical well-being. To survive, humans require a lot of fresh air and sunlight. Because of carbon dioxide build-up, air conditioning, humidification, harmful detergents and furnishing chemicals, and other factors, indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outside air quality. To make the workplace a healthier and happier place to work:
Include balconies, open workstations, and moveable windows whenever possible, as well as plants.
Ensure that the cleaning crew uses non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Maintenance of air-conditioning and humidifying systems, which should ideally have energy-star ratings, should be done on a regular basis.
Encourage staff to go for a walk outside at lunch or break times.
Furniture that is Ergonomic
Make sure your computer/laptop tables and seats are ergonomically designed, with the screen at eye level and the armrests at keyboard level. Cushions should be utilized only if absolutely necessary.
Stability balls, standing desks, and other “active furniture” can be placed around the office for employees to use.
Fitness Program with a Plan
For good mental health and wellness, the next great change you can give your staff is fitness.
Engage the services of a fitness specialist to come to your business and train those who are capable.
Create a gym, yoga studio, or play area for sports activities at the office.
Partner with studios or gyms to help employees stay fit outside of the office. Discounts, group fitness plans, and online follow-ups, among other things, can all help.
Employee Check-Ups Should Be Scheduled
It is critical to get regular physical and mental health tests and follow-up visits with medical professionals. Whether the tests are performed in the office or employees are given vouchers for check-ups, encouraging regular medical screenings and knowledge is critical to reducing long-term medical costs and losing employees due to health difficulties. This can help to fuel other workplace wellness initiatives and alert employees to potential health issues at the correct time.
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