Action Alerts /Give props to Forbes for mental health, workplace story
A workplace that promotes mental health and a non-stigmatizing environment can benefit an employee’s wellness. It also helps with a worker’s productivity.
Forbes magazine addresses this issue in the article “Workplace Mental Health: It Pays to be Proactive.”
“Workplace mental health is a crucial factor to consider when building and maintaining a successful business,” wrote journalist Ryan Galloway.
Galloway’s article focuses on the financial impact stigma and ignoring mental health can have on a company. He wrote, “Subsequent studies have noted that the indirect costs of untreated mental health challenges — namely lost productivity and absenteeism — frequently exceed a company’s direct spending on health insurance and pharmacy coverage.”
The article mentioned how 25% of Americans are living with a mental health challenge. Therefore, workplaces with employees who have mental health conditions are not uncommon. But the reporter found in a study that when employees are being treated for their mental health issues, 80% of them have “higher rates of efficacy and job satisfaction.”
Galloway suggests companies examine low productivity levels and conduct anonymous surveys with employees. Also see if the mental health coverage of employee benefits is comprehensive. And look into creating an Employee Assistance Program, where employees are referred to counselors if struggling with mental health issues.
The article makes good suggestions and arguments about why employers should be more sensitive and aware about mental health. Another suggestion that would have been great on Galloway’s list is employers asking employees with mental health challenges what they need to make them more comfortable and productive.
Thank Forbes for this informative article and encouraging employers to be supportive and provide their workers access to mental health resources.
Dear Mr. Galloway,
Thank you for your Forbes article “Workplace Mental Health: It Pays to be Proactive.” A supportive work environment can be beneficial to an employee. Also, employers encouraging their staff to get mental health support help destigmatize mental health.
Your article featured the financial benefits to helping people with mental health challenges. And you also listed suggestions for ways companies can be more mental-health sensitive. I also recommend adding ways businesses can be accommodating to employees with mental health conditions as well.
Thank you for such a great article. Please continue to cover mental health and the workplace.