Emotional Wellness at Work

Many companies understand that when employees are healthy they are more productive. This is why many invest in wellness initiatives like healthy snacks, ergonomic workstations, and workplace gyms. The physical health of employees is generally well addressed; however, many companies do not sufficiently consider the emotional health of employees and the impact on the business. When companies are unsupportive of employees’ mental health work performance suffers and significant costs arise. Mental health problems cost UK employers almost £30 billion each year in absences due to sickness, lost productivity, and attrition. Lost productivity or “presenteeism” is the most significant of those costs at over £20 billion annually. [1] The mental health of employees is just as important as physical health and needs to be addressed by companies in every industry. In many instances, companies simply don’t understand the role that they can play in employees’ mental health. There is also a lack of understanding of what resources are available for companies who want to advocate for the mental health of their employees.  There are a number of ways that employers can encourage mental and emotional wellness in the workplace.   Be an example for employees Leaders need to demonstrate the behaviours…