Employee Mental Health – how often do you think about this as a manager or business owner?

We recently had the opportunity to chat to industrial psychologist, speaker and Gallup-certified strengths coach, Carla Pretorius, who taught us that being self-aware contributes greatly to one’s mental health and overall well-being.

The World Health Organisation has some interesting stats when it comes to Employee Mental Health and emphasises why you should be considering investing in the mental health of your employees through corporate wellness initiatives:

  1. Work is good for mental health but a negative working environment can lead to physical and mental health problems
  2. Depression and anxiety have a significant economic impact; the estimated cost to the global economy is US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity.
  3. For every US$ 1 put into scaled up treatment for common mental disorders, there is a return of US$ 4 in improved health and productivity.

By making the decision to invest in the Mental Health of your employees, you can transform your workforce into a powerful asset that will seek out opportunities for growth and be able to identify new spaces for your company and ultimately drive improved profitability.