Mental health has long been a taboo instead of the open conversation it needs to be. The statistics below are just some of the consequences of not prioritizing mental health in the workplace.
“61% of workers said their mental health affected their productivity” (Indeed.com)
That’s 61% of workers who are playing table tennis in their minds, going back and forth with their own personal issues on a daily, maybe even hourly basis. Unable to truly focus on the job at hand creates mistakes that can make massive impacts on any business in any industry.
“71% of adults in the U.S. reported having at least one symptom of stress” (Indeed.com)
Stress affects the individual on a personal level but other employees and customers can feel one’s stress too. When an employee exhibits stress, the Individual may be irritable, short, careless, or unfocused which may reflect on job performance and customer/ company likeability.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an employee’s mental health can impact their work performance in the following areas:
- Quality of work they perform and level of productivity
- Level of interest and engagement in one’s work
- Ability to concentrate and screen out distracting environmental stimuli
- Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers
- Physical capability to complete tasks and to function normally
- Ability to accept feedback and adapt to change appropriately”
The way of working through our mental and emotional health in the past is no longer working. New perspective shifts and methods are dire going forward for the happy employee and thriving business. Our Director of Employee Happiness, Danielle Grassi, created the guided meditation above you can do or share with your company. Some other tips are:
- Taking walk breaks
- Getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace: A Guide (indeed.com)