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The Value of Mental Health in the Workplace

The Value of Mental Health in the Workplace

This is a fast-paced world we live in. Because their community and job tools were smaller and more uncomplicated, our grandparents had a lot more free time. There was no internet back then, so we didn’t have access to the vast amounts of knowledge we have now. There was no such thing as a worldwide community like the one we’re all a part of now. We can now immerse ourselves in a limitless number of opportunities coming our way, yet we are nearly always overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. This fact alone causes a great deal of stress in most people’s lives. And, as much as we’d like to leave work at the door when we go home, most businesses are like living beings with requirements that extend beyond official working hours. We appear to have struck a secret pact somewhere along the line to prioritise work over our health needs. And, because many issues have a positive side, it appears that the COVID-19 epidemic helped us remember and emphasise the importance of our health. It’s as though we’ve been motivated to look after ourselves and those close to us.

This is a significant benefit to the community. Not only did the virus alter our working environment, but it also prompted us to reconsider our views on health. Because we place a strong priority on employee health, one of our IBXA categories recognises Health & Wellbeing.

It’s no secret that the most productive employee is one who is happy. Being joyful necessitates having a healthy mind and body. So, what can you do to protect the health of your employees?

Offering flexible working options

The number of businesses using a choice-based remote work option has recently increased. This appears to be a risk. However, even though we are social beings, there are moments when we simply need our own space and pace. Corporate culture, regardless of the work itself, expects a lot from us. This might have a negative impact on our mental health because pretending to be positive can be exhausting. Providing a simple way to express “Hey, I’m not feeling well today. I would certainly enjoy the opportunity to work from home “can go a long way toward improving overall employee health and happiness

Respecting autonomy

Micromanagement is no longer a viable option. That’s how it should stay. Allowing your employees to select how they approach their work demonstrates respect and trust. These are important aspects of one’s mental wellness. History has shown us that less pressure means more freedom.

If you’ve decided to put your faith in someone by giving them a job, then you should respect their ability to plan their tasks according to their own abilities. Successful time management will boost your employees’ confidence, resulting in mental stability.

Mental health statistics

  • 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness
  • Almost 1 in 25 adults live with a serious mental illness
  • 50% of chronic mental illness start before 14 years of age
  • 75% of chronic mental illness start by age 24
  • Just over 10 million people over the age of 18 have more than 1 addiction or mental health disorder

 Percentage of the global population that suffers from select mental health or substance use disorders as of 2017 by gender

1. https://ibxawards.com/blog/importance-of-mental-health-in-the-corporate-world

2. https://apps.who.int/iris/rest/bitstreams/1376861/retrieve

3. https://www.statista.com/statistics/979865/prevalence-of-mental-health-disorders-globally-by-gender/