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The Crucial Role of Mental Health in Creating a Productive Work Environment

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month and beyond, you want your employees to feel and perform their best. However, if you ignore your workers’ mental wellbeing, your entire staff may suffer. Team members may have problems giving 100%. On top of that, they may face mental wellness issues that go unaddressed. 

When it comes to mental health and wellness, awareness is key. Now, let’s answer some of the biggest questions surrounding this topic and how you can help your workers manage their mental wellbeing. 

Why Is Mental Health and Wellness Important?

A person’s mental wellbeing impacts their day-to-day life. If an individual is strugglnig with a mental wellness issue, the problem may affect how they think, feel, and function. 

Mental wellbeing is part of a person’s overall health, too. For example, depression can cause a person to feel sadness and lose interest in activities they previously enjoyed. At the same time, it can lead to fatigue, aches, and other physical symptoms. 

How Do Mental Health and Wellness Affect Workplace Productivity?

According to research, there is a direct correlation between mental wellbeing and on-the-job productivity. 

When a person is coping with a mental wellness issue, they are increasingly prone to depression, anxiety, and burnout. With any of these issues, it becomes exceedingly difficult to pay attention at work. Thus, an employee may make mistakes and struggle to handle their daily responsibilities. 

Additionally, a mental wellbeing problem may impact a worker’s relationships with their peers. An employee may have issues communicating and collaborating with their coworkers. This can hamper the worker’s productivity. 

On the other hand, identifying and treating a mental wellbeing issue can positively impact an employee’s productivity. If a worker knows how to manage their mental health and wellness, they’re well equipped to perform at peak levels. And if any challenges come their way, this employee may be able to manage them before they escalate. 

How Can You Help Workers Manage Their Mental Health and Wellness?

Teach your workers about Mental Health Awareness Month and why it’s important to take care of their overall wellbeing. If your organisation offers mental wellness tools and resources, share them with workers. Also, if your organisation provides mental health benefits, discuss them with your workers. 

Keep an eye out for signs of burnout among your employees. If a worker looks like they’re struggling, meet with the employee. At this point, you’ll be able to share your concerns with the worker. 

Lastly, encourage your workers to come forward if they want help managing their mental wellbeing. If an employee has concerns about their overall health and their ability to perform their job, let this worker discuss them with you. Then, you and your employee can work together to address their concerns. 

Want Help with Talent Recruitment?

At Elby Professional Recruitment, we proudly support Mental Health Awareness Month and encourage employers to help their workers prioritise their overall wellbeing. 

Of course, if you want talent recruitment assistance, we’re here for you. To learn more about our talent recruitment services and solutions, contact us today.