Mental Health in the Workplace

Here at OSSI, our job is to make your job easier. This is why we want to share with you some tips on how to keep your workplace functioning in a positive state of mind.

We were inspired to share these tips because of a survey released by the American Psychological Association in 2016.  

It has been proven that being an active member of the workforce can positively impact employees’ mental health. What employers easily forget about, though, is the actual work environment that can cause physical and mental health problems.

In the grand scheme of things, spending extra money to make the workplace welcoming and positive, can save your company money in the long run. It’s estimated that companies with employees suffering from depression and anxiety lose $1 trillion per year in productivity.

When an employee is not in a sound state of mind, this can hinder their productivity or even cause absenteeism. Companies with the most effective health and productivity programs achieved 11% more revenue per employee, delivered 28% higher shareholder returns, and had lower medical trends and fewer absences per employee.

Causes of Mental Illness

  • inadequate health and safety policies

  • poor communication and management practices

  • limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work

  • low levels of support for employees

  • inflexible working hours

  • unclear tasks or organizational objectives

 americans chronically stressed on the job

Psychiatrist and author of The Power of Different, Dr. Gail Saltz: What mostly keeps people from treatment is stigma and lack of available treatment at times and prices they can afford. Companies that are more open and less judgmental about these issues not only help their employees, they help their bottom line because in addition to the issue of productivity, people who develop mental health issues have a higher

Psychology Today interviewed Steve Pritchard of giffgaff, a major UK phone company, for his take on the importance of a healthy workplace. “If you want a loyal and happy workforce, you have to create a workplace that enables them to be the best they can be,” says Pritchard.

Steps to Create a Healthy Workplace

  1. Adapting the workplace to encourage mental health awareness

  2. Get inspired by health-focused organizations

  3. Recreate other companies’ employee health goals

  4. Understand what your employees need

  5. Make support and other resources easily available to all employees

A recent study led by World Health Organization (WHO) proved that for every $1 spent on mental health disorder treatment, there’s a return of $4 in health and productivity.

As we said before, the money you spend on your employees now will save you money or even make you money in the future.

Do you need to be more conscious of your employees’ mental health? Let us help you evaluate your workplace.