The Importance of Mental Health in the Workplace



Mental health is an important aspect of overall health and wellbeing, yet it is often overlooked in the workplace. Employees who are struggling with mental health issues can experience a range of problems, from difficulty concentrating and making decisions to absenteeism and reduced productivity. 


In extreme cases, mental health problems can lead to self-harm or even suicide. It is therefore essential that employers create a supportive environment where employees feel comfortable discussing mental health concerns. This can be achieved through a variety of measures, such as offering employee assistance programs, training managers to spot the signs of mental illness, and encouraging open dialogue about mental health in the workplace. 


By taking steps to support employees' mental health, employers can create a healthier and more productive workplace.


Corporate well-being


The term "corporate well-being" refers to the physical, mental, and emotional health of employees within a company. A well-rounded corporate well-being program will address all three of these areas in order to promote a healthy work-life balance for employees. 


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “well-being in the workplace is a state of mind characterized by a satisfactory harmony between the skills, needs, and aspirations of the worker and the constraints and opportunities of the workplace.” Corporate well-being is therefore a global and subjective mindset. 


A set of factors can influence the quality of life and the mental health of employees in the workplace:


  • Safety and health of premises
  • Protection of employees' health
  • The psychosocial impact of the tasks performed (stress, violence)
  • Ergonomics of workspaces (office layout, posture, seat)
  • Environmental measures


There are a variety of ways that companies can improve their employees' well-being. For example, they can offer wellness programs that encourage employees to adopt healthy lifestyle habits. They can also create a supportive work environment that allows employees to feel comfortable voicing their concerns and seeking help when needed. 


The importance of Mental Health in the Workplace


As any HR professional knows, employee mental health is a key factor in productivity. A comfortable and mentally stable employee is far more likely to be productive than one who is unhappy or stressed. Therefore, it is essential for companies to create a corporate well-being program that will boost employee morale and motivation. 


By creating a supportive work environment, companies can encourage their employees to be more productive and engaged with their work. In addition, a healthy workforce is less likely to experience absenteeism or burnout, improving both the bottom line and the morale of the company as a whole.


Last Thoughts


Overall, a healthy mental state in the workplace is a set of subjective factors that allow employees to feel good about themselves and their jobs. Poor working conditions can lead to stress, anxiety, burn-out, and even depression. An unhappy and tired employee is an unproductive employee.


Improving working conditions is no longer an option: it is a necessity. Employees need recognition and days off. They want to feel valued and have a job that makes sense. A high salary cannot replace these different requirements. It is up to the employer to offer employees optimal working conditions to reduce absenteeism, contribute to their happiness, ensure their mental stability, and improve their quality of life. 





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Jan Tegze

Jan Tegze, author of the book Full Stack Recruiter, results-oriented Talent Acquisition Leader with extensive experience in full life cycle recruiting, and broad knowledge in international recruiting, sourcing, recruitment branding, recruitment marketing, and pro-active innovative sourcing techniques. Author of the Sourcing.Games, and blogger who believes that recruitment is a great field and he is constantly trying to make it better.