Mental Health

Achieving higher levels of employee engagement, productivity, and profitability starts with happy and healthy employees. Employee health extends beyond physical health. Mental health is also a key contributor to a person’s overall wellness. If an employee is physically ill or injured, it’s obvious that their job performance will suffer, but smart organisations also understand the important role of mental health in the workplace. According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is among the leading causes of poor health and disability worldwide with as many as 450 million people suffering from a mental or behavioural disorder. [1] Sometimes mental health is overlooked because it is not as obvious as symptoms of physical ill-health, but the costs of poor mental health are substantial.  For example, employees suffering from depression cost employers more than $44 billion per year in lost productivity. [2] Of course, there are significant direct costs associated with treating mental illness, but the largest costs take the form of indirect costs including lost productivity, absenteeism, or presenteeism. While absenteeism is actively tracked and managed by most employers, presenteeism is often overlooked. Presenteeism, or working while sick, can have significant workplace impacts including productivity loss, poor health, exhaustion, and workplace epidemics. Untreated mental health issues can…