Why talking about Mental Wellness at workplace is important?

Why talking about Mental Wellness at workplace is important?

When we talk about an organisation, their most valuable possession is their employees. Productive, hardworking and talented employees are one of the driving factors behind the success of any company. However, such employees are not very easy to find. For an employee to be productive and hardworking, one main factor is his/her health. 

The health of a person is affected by 4 factors – physical well being, emotional well being, personal well being, financial well being and professional well being. When a survey was carried out, the results which came in front of the world were interesting. It said:

1] More than 75% of the employees stated that they are stressed at any given time of the month. 2] More than 54% of the employees of the age between 18 and 30 are financially distracted. 3] 53% are very much interested in receiving financial consultation and counselling. 

Global estimate of lost productivity?

The harsh truth is that India is not doing great in the aspect of employee satisfaction and happiness. In India, almost 50% of employees are suffering from depression. A study by Gallup also stated that, as the GDP is rising, Indians have been feeling worse about their lives than they used to in the past. 

The numbers are staggering!

Regardless of the increase in the awareness about mental health, there are a lot of people who are still suffering in silence at their workplaces. As we know, stress at workplace results in depression and anxiety. Also, the lack of sleep is detrimental and is commonly found amongst people. Clearly, we need to prioritize taking care of oneself, including mental health. 

But should employers care? And if so, why should they? They should and here’s why.

When a person is happy at work, the person is more likely to work hard and in an efficient manner. On the other hand, when one suffers, their work suffers too. This cycle does nothing other than ruining the mental wellness of the person. Other than that, this cycle is also harmful to the workplace. If the companies care about their bottom line, they will also be caring towards their employees. After all, happy employees are productive employees.

But, helping the employees can be challenging as they are usually not very open to disclose their issues, let it be professional, personal, health, mental or financial ones. For an organisation, their top priorities should be to deal with the stigma and creating an atmosphere where the employees are comfortable talking openly about their mental health.

Here are some of the warning signs which might be an indication that you or someone you work with might be struggling with their mental wellness: 

1] Constantly feeling sad or discouraged. 2] Oversleeping or sleep deprived. 3] Staying away from your work colleagues, friends or family. 4] Declining performance or work habits. 5] Increasing consumption of alcohol, drugs or medications. 6] Emotional outbursts. 7] The commencement or an increase in the intensity of work or family issues. 8] The commencement or an increase in the severity of physical problems.

In the end, what ROI do the employers get when they invest in wellness? Research conducted in Harvard University states that, for every dollar that is spent on employee’s physical as well as mental wellness, medical costs are reduced to $3.27 and absenteeism drops to $2.73, which would come to an ROI of 6:1. For every single dollar that they spent, organisations can save up to six dollars through increased productivity and reduced costs. 

Therefore, it is a clear thing that investing in the mental wellness of the employees of an organisation will never go in vain. Rather, this is an important step towards the growth of the organisation. For expert guided approach connect with us instantly in the contact us section. Our team of experts will help you reach your goal faster and easier.

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Ms. Nivedita Chandra

IIM Calcutta Alumni & B.Tech Computer Science. More than 17 years of experience in driving HR Transformation across Global and local organisations. Worked extensively in improving employee experience through technology. Industry experience ranges across Automobile, Manufacturing, Banking, Educational, Technology, and Logistics companies.

Leveraging the synergies of both her consulting and leadership coaching experience, she created ValueMined – A Consulting and Coaching firm to mine hidden value of human and digital potential for organisations and individuals.
After 20 years of a corporate & entrepreneurial journey, her biggest achievement is having worked with people across the 6 continents, learning different cultures, ethics and values. She believes that no matter how different we may seem on the outer, we are all the same at our core.