Employee mental health at work, why is it important??

Mental Health Issues at the workplace have a direct impact on employees and the Organizations’ performances. In the current employment environment, competition is very high and companies expect their work force to have bigger achievements and take on more responsibilities. The result can lead to high stress levels that  impact the well being of the employees adding to the stress they already deal with in their personal lives.


3 interesting statistics

  1. 1 in 7 people experience mental health issues in the workplace (14.7%)

  2. Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (8% vs 10.9%).

  3. Evidence suggests that 7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.


5 Negative affects on employees:

  1. Job performance and productivity
  2. Employee Engagement in their role
  3. Communication with coworkers and management
  4. Physical capability and daily functioning
  5. Ability to remember tasks and duties


How can managers detects signs of employee distressed situation?

  1. Changes in mood, these can be unexpected
  2. Sudden Lack of communication with co-workers
  3. A drop-in work rate, missing deadlines and deliverables
  4. Trouble focusing, this could take many forms including asking repetitive questions
  5. Poor memory associated with work tasks
  6. Anxious and fidgety behavior


It is important to take into account that symptoms and signs vary among individuals and each worker should be regarded as an individual. For this reason managers should give attention to detail and really help reassuring their staff.


10 actions organizations must take to tackle mental health :

  1. Improving Communication techniques that are already in place.
  2. Centralizing the creation of Projects and Strategies from one team
  3. Supporting Mental Health awareness in Social Networks
  4. Implementing Incentives to reinforce healthy behaviors.
  5. Appreciating Employee efforts and listening to their feedback
  6. Assigning employees to a role that they are comfortable with
  7. Train managers to act like leaders and be engaging in the workplace
  8. Encouraging work and life balance
  9. Developing mental health policies
  10. Monitoring overall employee engagement


In conclusion, the next big step for organizations is to recognize well being as a prominent factor for employee’s motivation and invest in training, appropriate changes and internal psychological recognition programs.

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