By Emily Tonn, RMHCI
At some point in your life you have most likely heard the phrase “leave work at work and home at home.” Not only is this an unrealistic expectation, but believing that a person should be able to do this naturally or easily can create stress and anxiety. June is Employee Wellbeing Month, which makes this a great time to explore ways to enhance the workplace environment and take a proactive approach to support employee mental health and wellness.
Over recent years, employers have become more aware of the significant impact of employee mental health and wellness. Most of us have seen or heard about cases of violence in the workplace. This violence involves disgruntled employees as well as domestic disputes. These cases have forced many employers to become more aware their employee’s wellbeing.
Here are some statistics that support the importance of mental wellness in the workplace:
- 1 Million U.S. employees miss work each day due to workplace stress.
- Indirect costs of untreated mental health disorders results in a $79 Billion annual loss to businesses due to loss of productivity and absenteeism.
- Depression results in more days of disability than chronic health conditions such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.
- 69% of employees report that work is a significant source of stress. 41% say they typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday.
- 4 out of 5 believe their employers should encourage employees to adopt healthy lifestyles.
A common roadblock for many employers is not knowing where to begin. Finding the balance between being an employer and showing employees that you care can be challenging.
A great way to indirectly support employees is to have information and resources available either through human resources or in employee common areas. While most people can find resources on their own, seeing that their employer supports mental health and wellness is a great way to begin creating a healthier more supportive environment.
Employers can enhance the workplace environment by seeking out professionals who can come in and talk with employees. The team of mental health professionals at Pamper Your Mind, LLC present to groups and businesses on relevant topics such as stress, anxiety, depression and effective communication.
Both employers and employees have a responsibility to manage work-home balance. This June, I challenge you to evaluate your company’s approach to employee wellbeing and also to evaluate your own mental wellness. How healthy is your work-home balance?