Mental Health in the Modern Workplace
- May 3, 2023
Preventing mental unwell-being and all of its unfortunate consequences requires more than just instituting support systems. Offering mental health days/weeks, remote working policies, and counselling benefits is a good start, but employers also need to be proactive in developing a mental health-friendly workplace ethos.
When done correctly, remote work can be beneficial to employee productivity, work-life balance, and emotional well-being. In establishing a remote-first policy, WorkMotion joins the ranks of companies like Shopify, Pinterest, and Dropbox.
Research shows workers are 30 percent more productive and engaged working from home. More importantly, remote workers are also happier. This comes as no surprise considering they have fewer workplace distractions, more time to spend with friends and family, more opportunities to exercise, and better overall work-life balance.
The key to happiness and good mental health in a remote setup is flexibility—giving people the ability to personalise how they work and when they work.
In a flexible, remote-first work environment, people are less likely to automatically develop trusting relationships with their team members and leaders. By fostering a sense of community and maintaining open channels of communication, people will be able to build the trust required to speak openly about issues that may be sensitive, including mental health.
Because our mental health affects the quality of our personal and professional lives, we must be proactive in nurturing it, especially when working remotely. At the most basic level, that means prioritising our own mental well-being and creating a supportive environment for each other.
Mental health issues are steadily rising, especially among Millennials and Gen Zers—the demographics that make up the majority of our organisation. The ramifications of such issues not only impact the personal lives of affected individuals, but also echo throughout the workplace.
How does inadequate mental health support affect companies?
Diversity implications: Underrepresented groups, like LGBTQ+ and people of colour, remain the most likely to struggle with mental health problems in the workplace and thus, are more likely to leave a job for mental health reasons.