1 In 5 Employees Has A Mental Health Problem: Here’s What Business Leaders Can Do About It

Twenty percent of people in the workforce have mental health problems. Business owners should care about this because it can affect productivity in the workplace. Employers can take steps to help these people. They can promote a good home/work balance for their employees and support any attempt to get help, providing information on EAP benefits, providing in service training and taking action to reduce the stigma in the workplace also helps. Making wellness a priority will keep your employees and company productive.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many business leaders assume an employee’s mental health is none of their business. But, an employee’s mental health greatly affects his performance—as well as a company’s bottom line.
  • Praising employees for putting in long hours will hurt your company in the long-run. It’s important to encourage a healthy work/life balance.
  • Make sure managers are aware of the signs of mental health problems and train them to respond appropriately. A caring conversation between a manager and employee could be instrumental in encouraging an employee to seek help.

“Companies who glorify a workaholic mentality or those who have abusive leadership, for example, often have multiple employees engaged in treatment for mental health problems.”


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