Most employees feel a strong workplace culture is more important than salary—but you can’t build a healthy culture without the right support. Learn why organization-wide mental health support is key to helping both employees and companies flourish.
How mental health impacts employee experience
Most organizations report that they’re prioritizing employee experience the journey with a company, from hire to exit over the next few years. This is understandable since a positive employee experience improves , and overall. But it’s not a simple undertaking. Only 22 percent of executives in a said they were excellent at building a differentiated employee experience. Mental health is a critical pillar of employee experience, and an area where HR and business leaders can make a real impact. People spend the majority of their time each week working, so the relationships and interactions they experience have a big impact on their well-being. While the workplace can be a source of support, it can also be a source of distress. According to the (WHO), “A negative working environment may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.”
Promoting mental health at the organizational level
Workforce mental health is evolving, and solutions that aren’t comprehensive and backed by proven outcomes are no longer meeting the needs of employees or
businesses. To address the full scope of issues that can impact workforce mental health, it’s essential to create a culture of mental wellness across the entire
organization. This includes employees who don’t have mental health conditions but would benefit from education and awareness efforts so they can stay healthy.
Lack of awareness about mental health
We all have mental health that needs attention and care, just like our physical health. Yet many people lack access to information that builds ,which makes it difficult to prioritize their well-being or know when it’s time to seek professional care. While offering a mental health benefit helps those who need and
want support, it’s also important to reach other employee populations, including
- Employees who may not need professional mental health services but still need to take steps to stay mentally healthy and thrive.
- Those who need mental health support but don’t have the tools to recognize and address this need