What Employers Need to Know About Mental Health in the Workplace
June 9, 2022
Think about your workforce. Do you have:
- Employees who frequently call out sick?
- Managers that consistently struggle to meet their productivity targets?
- A high turnover rate?
- Concerns about stress among your employees?
While none of these symptoms are cause for panic, they are red flags that could be indicators that members of your workforce are experiencing mental health conditions that are going untreated.
Keep Reading To Learn
- Common mental health concerns experienced by employees
- The benefits of a mentally healthy workforce
- How employers can promote mental health and well-being in the workplace
According to data supplied by the American Psychiatric Association, employees with unresolved depression experience a 35% reduction in productivity, contributing to a loss to the U.S. economy of $210.5 billion a year in absenteeism, reduced productivity, and medical costs.
One of the greatest barriers we as a society face is that shame and stigma continue to be persistent when it comes to mental health, leading to a reluctance to talk about and, in some cases, fear of getting treatment for mental health issues.
It is important to understand that mental illness does not discriminate and affects individuals of every gender, culture, race, religion, and socioeconomic background.
In fact, worldwide, depression is the leading cause of disability, with the World Health Organization estimating that 300 million people globally live with depression, with many also exhibiting symptoms of anxiety.
Depression can manifest in many ways, including:
- Losing interest in all or most activities
- Reduction or increase in appetite or sleep
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Thoughts of suicide
Given the symptoms of depression, it makes sense that when employees are depressed, they miss an average of 31.4 days per year and lose another 27.9 to unproductivity, and with the high prevalence of depression globally, your company undoubtedly employs individuals who live with depression and could benefit from your support.