Part 1 - Why is mental health important in the workplace?

Updated: Jun 24, 2019

Apart from the obvious answer to this question: It is important to look after one another.

Having a workplace that is aware and supportive of its’ employees’ mental health can have a wide impact on factors that you might not have ever considered. Each factor can make a massive difference in your business, and when taking all of them into account it could be the difference between your business succeeding or failing. Each year, businesses incur massive costs because they aren’t dealing with workplace issues and are losing productivity to decreasing mental health in their business.

But it is so much more than just monetary costs these businesses are carrying, other factors can also be negatively affected, which include:

- Staff culture

- Staff engagement

- Staff loyalty

- Productivity across the board

- Sick leave

- Staff turnover

- Work satisfaction

- Client satisfaction

How to spot declining mental health in an employee

Mental health issues are difficult to approach in an environment where it’s not openly discussed in an encouraging way. It is important to be able to see changes in employees and be proactive in providing support rather than waiting for them to ask for help. There are many warning signs, but you may notice one or more of the following with a decrease in mental health:

- Obvious and prolonging feelings of sadness or discouragement

- Problems with sleep; too much or not at all