A recent survey noted that 8 of 10 employees believe that their employer is not only responsible for their physical health, but also their mental health. Studies show that mental and physical health are often linked, most notably with chronic medical conditions.
Mental health issues such as stress or anxiety have been reported by up to as many as one in three employees and thus, it is a concern for all employers. Employees who are mentally or physically unwell are less productive and consequently, it affects their performance and your bottom line.
As an employer, you can build mental wellness into your values and health care programs. Encouraging an appropriate work-life balance is one step all employers can take. If you provide health care, including an Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) will allow the employee to use a confidential source to discuss personal matters that may be affecting their health.
Post by: Lynn McIlwee