Mental health may be a taboo topic at work, but avoiding it altogether ignores the high costs of poor mental health. In fact, the U.S. economy loses $210.5 billion annually due to absenteeism, reduced productivity, and medical costs associated with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. It is in employers’ best interest to do what they can to ensure employees’ wellbeing.
It’s not surprising that work contributes greatly to an individual's mental health, considering about one fourth of the average person’s week is spent working. In fact, research from UKG, found that employees say their managers have a greater impact on their mental health than doctors or therapists. Workplaces and managers that prioritize employee well-being reap real benefits, such as increased productivity, lower turnover, and higher employee morale.
The following tips can help organizational leaders and managers foster a culture where workplace wellness is prioritized.