On Oct. 10, we celebrate World Mental Health Day, an opportunity to focus global attention on mental health. In the context of the workplace, mental health is a valuable asset that benefits not only employees but also organizations as a whole. New Human Management recognizes the importance of a healthy work environment and wants to highlight why supporting employee mental health is crucial.
The workplace as a central component
Work occupies a significant part of our daily lives, and it has a direct impact on our mental health. Mental health in the workplace is vital and can greatly affect an employee's work happiness.
Productivity and quality of work
How productive are you when you are not comfortable in your own skin? Are you perhaps a little more in your head? Do you worry?Do you seek confirmation of your doubts or worries on the Internet? All this affects your productivity. In general, we are more productive and deliver better quality work when we are mentally healthy. We can concentrate better on our tasks, think innovatively and creatively, and handle stress and triggers better. We can focus on work longer and better and generally performance remains more consistent for a longer period of time.
A healthy work environment promotes lower absenteeism. Mental health problems, such as depression and burnout, can lead to prolonged absences. Besides affecting the individual, such health problems also affect the organization. Employees with mental health problems often take longer to recover and become fully operational again. In addition, such absenteeism often also puts a strain on the mental health of the "remaining" employees, who experience a greater workload which, again, can lead to stress and reduced job happiness there as well.
Team involvement is the key to a positive and healthy corporate culture, and with it a direct influence on the mental health of employees. When we feel better about ourselves, we also tend to be more helpful, more readily available to our colleagues, more willing to listen or advise. This leads to closer and stronger team relationships. This cooperation and involvement also increases team productivity.
Organizations that actively address mental health in the workplace often have higher employee satisfaction and can retain and attract talent.As a result, there is less turnover and, as an organization, you can invest more in employees
Working together for a healthier work environment
Mental health in the workplace is no longer a secondary concern, but a critical component of a successful organization. Creating a healthy work environment is a shared responsibility between employees and employers. It is an investment that translates into improved performance, reduced absenteeism and a culture of well-being that benefits everyone.
New Human Management is dedicated to promoting a healthy work environment and supporting employee mental health.