“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers
Have you ever asked yourself or team these questions:
Why are your employees missing so much work?
Why are they not as productive as know they can be?
Why are there so many short-term disability claims in your business?
The answer is your employees are struggling with some sort of a mental health issue in silence. They don’t have the resources or support they need, and they’ve waited so long to ask for help, that things have started to get out of their awareness and control and is effecting their work.
We all know that the happier your employees are, the more productive they will be! There are preventative measures you can take to make sure your employees are happy and healthy. Azi Counselling & Associates can support you to implement those measures.
Why is it important to initiate a Workplace Wellness Program?
Mental wellbeing is a continuum that everyone experiences and is affected by. Having good mental health is crucial to achieving overall health and well-being. The workplace is one of many settings that have an impact on mental health.
Given that an average Canadian worker spends 30-40 hours per week at work, it is important to create and maintain a well-being focused workplace. A wide body of evidence suggests that poor workplace mental health negatively affects performance at both the individual and organizational level. Among other outcomes, improving workplace wellness can boost employee satisfaction, engagement, and productivity; it can also reduce health costs, employee turnover, and lost work time.
Did you know?
- 1 in 5 Canadians experience a psychological health problem or illness in any given year
- Psychological health problems and illnesses are the number one cause of disability in Canada
- Psychological health problems cost the Canadian economy ~ $51 billion per year, $20 billion of which results from work-related causes
- 47% of working Canadians consider their work to be the most stressful part of daily life
- Psychological health problems affect mid-career workers the most, lowering the productivity of the Canadian workforce.
- Only 23% of Canadian workers would feel comfortable talking to their employer about a psychological health issue
* stats provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
✓ Incorporate Workplace Wellness as part of your company culture, on-boarding process, and team development
✓ Outline your benefit program, what type of resources are covered, and how to submit to reimbursement
✓ Provide the wellness information in a way that’s meaningful, and also makes it easy for team members to seek out support, feel safe and secure
✓ Create a process that allows people to ask for extra support
✓ Work with an external resource to provide guidance and resources