By Team Ceridian
As a general rule, leaders who focus on matters of corporate health and wellness tend to focus on the body and not the brain. They’re mainly concerned with how their employees can stay in peak physical shape – the thinking is that if people eat well and exercise often, they’ll be better off. While all of this is true, it also neglects to touch on a key aspect of wellness that’s equally important – mental health.
The mind is just as important as the body in the workplace. Organizations need to have people that are not only talented, but are also level-headed and focused. If there are any concerns about mental health, they may threaten not only to disrupt the productivity of the individual worker, but maybe even derail the whole staff.
Depression, for example, can be a serious threat to the workforce. It’s an issue that affects numerous people all over the world, and yet many organizations aren’t doing enough to monitor its impact on their staffs. This is one area in which HR offices should make key improvements as we enter 2015. Below, you’ll find three reasons why.
Mental health matters
While diets and exercise plans take up the bulk of HR’s attention when it comes to wellness, there is actually substantial evidence that the mental aspects of wellness have a real impact.
Consider the following bit of reporting from We Know Next. The news source recently published some survey data from the Employers Health Coalition which shows an even bigger negative impact on worker productivity than most employers realize – 23 percent of Americans polled reported that they have been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, and 40 percent of those individuals have taken time off work to deal with it.