A staggering two out of five employees suffer from a combination of mental health issues as well as performance issues and tension. Workers reported issues like low motivation, depression and sleepiness, as well as decreased focus and a decrease in collaboration. When employees and managers are unable to focus on their job and work, the consequences for the business could be catastrophic.
What is Mental Health for Employees?
Mental health refers to our condition of psychological, social well-being, and emotional wellbeing. It is an essential component of our overall health. Research has shown that a vast amount of evidence is a link between physical and mental health, in influencing our thinking and behave. It is reported that the National Institute of Mental Health declares that chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer, or diabetes may cause someone to be more likely to suffer from or be diagnosed with a mental health issue. However, certain mental health issues, such as depression, could contribute to the risk of a person developing physical illnesses.
Mental health impacts everything we do, including the performance of our workplace. Performance indicators that are crucial to success like productivity and creativity, as well as social engagement all can be affected when an employee’s mental health is in decline. The importance of mental health at work can help employees flourish and achieve their full potential. This is exactly what companies need to grow and flourish.
What is the reason for poor mental health at Work?
There are many ways in which a workplace environment can contribute to low mental health in the workplace. Stress and anger caused by unhealthy relationships, unexperienced leadership and ineffective communication accumulate over time. Combine this with an absence of clear expectations and roles and inflexible or long-running schedules for work, unreasonable expectations, and the lack or support from employees, and it’s no wonder that a worker is likely to feel depressed, unhappy and exhausted. Additional factors can exacerbate the problem.
The importance to Talking About Mental Health in the Workplace
It is no secret that the longevity and success of a company are dependent on the healthy mental well being of its employees. A healthy mind can help a person be resilient against life’s stresses, problems and setbacks -challenges that usually accompany a job. The ability to withstand negative emotions and anxieties which accompany stressful situations can allow a person to be more agile and stay productive.
The employers we interviewed stated that they were conscious of the impact of mental health issues for their businesses however, they might not be aware of the severity of their employees struggling with mental health issues.
A reason might be that employees aren’t at ease talking about their mental or personal health concerns with their superiors. Over half of those who responded (54%)reported feeling uneasy talking to their supervisors regarding their mental wellbeing. 2 Some were even afraid that talking about the subject could result in being dismissed or even being furloughed (30 percent) or even promotions (29 percent). If employees were to discuss their personal concerns they are more likely to share their concerns with their coworkers.
If a supervisor or manager takes the initiative to discuss how important mental wellbeing is at work, everybody is benefited. A healthy mind can result in greater levels of creativity, as well as a better feeling of self-worth and of contentment. These are the qualities that are prized that foster high-performance and a strong corporate culture.
The impact of poor employee mental Health and Well-being in the Workplace
Inefficiency, absence as well as the need to recruit and educate employees due to high turnover, and the higher cost of health insurance could all be related to a poor mental health of employees. Even for small companies they can increase.
Business leaders have stated that mental health issues could affect their business operations through the ways listed below.
In reality, many business executives say that stress has a negative impact on their lives outside of work which includes less sleep as well as a deterioration in the balance between work and life, and fewer hours spent with family.
Because mental health may affect the productivity of employees, finances, as well as turnover, supervisors have considered the health of their employees in making decisions for business. More than 35percent of managers claim they were likely to take into account the mental health of their employees in making decisions while making decisions, with female supervisors more likely than male counterparts to consider this.
Bad Relationships with Managers or Superiors
In the hierarchy of the majority of businesses Managers and superiors generally control their employees. This may make employees feel scared and unsure. For instance, a smothering boss who is in charge of every aspect may cause employees to feel lacking confidence in their abilities and competence to perform their tasks. Other times, managers may hold unrealistic expectations for deadlines, sales quotas, or deliverables.
Workplace Errors & Poor Decision Making
Making good decisions requires the ability to concentrate on the situation that is at hand and consider the various possibilities. A person who is suffering from mental health problems may be more susceptible to being distracted. Unfocusedness on a single task may make it more likely that they will make mistakes in the workplace, which can include putting the wrong data into a computer to having trouble coming up with innovative solutions to issues or failing to communicate effectively and on time. The management of personal time, planning for projects and overall control over the workplace could all decline, which can affect employee performance.
The decline in company revenue
For any business, revenue is the result of a variety of efforts. Innovation and attention to detail and a high level of service are just some. In the end, a strong mental health of employees at work is the key to generating high profit.
If the focus is on managing difficult relationships, rather than coming up with innovative ideas and becoming productive, businesses lose the value of employee contributions that it requires to maintain an edge over the competition. Customers also can tell the signs of a worker being unhappy or stressed, and they may want to move their business elsewhere where they’ll be welcomed with a genuine smile and excellent customer service that is backed by employees who take ownership of the customer relationship.
A decrease in morale and a higher risk of Job flight
People who are content with their work as well as have strong networks of social connections at the workplace usually show an incredibly loyal. However, if interactions with supervisors and colleagues are difficult and the organization’s internal structure is not allowing for expansion, low morale could result. If action is not taken to make employees feel valued and appreciated the employee is likely to leave the business in search of the best job elsewhere.
Reputation Damaged and Negative Association
In a time when consumers appreciate the way a company takes care of its employees and aren’t afraid to post their experience via the internet, it’s inevitable that a company with low morale among its employees will be a source of concern to customers, consumers as well as the general public in general. The work that employees perform provide a image and a reputation to the company. Employers who do not take care of employees their mental health risks getting its brand be branded as sexist and negative. There is a chance that a negative effect on the acquisition of talent and sales will follow.