At Elliott, Powell Baden and Baker, we know that a successful business relies on happy, healthy employees. And this month, as we focus on mental health, it is important to take a look at the role the workplace plays in a person’s mental well-being. Having a productive job is important for mental health, it gives a sense of accomplishment, purpose, and connection, but an unhealthy workplace can be detrimental to a person’s physical and mental health. Issues such as workload imbalance, harassment, and poor work relationships can play a role in depression and anxiety which in turn can lead to poor productivity and increased absenteeism in the workplace.
With one in five people being affected by a mental illness, as employers, it is important to foster not only a healthy work environment but one that is also open to discussions on mental health issues. Sound overwhelming? It doesn’t need to be. There are many resources available to help employers set in motion a plan for creating a workplace for health well being.
Start here on the path to making a positive change in your workplace, and supporting your team in living a happy, healthy life.