Think of mental health care as an investment in business—it’s worth the upfront time and cost.

Lost Productivity

How employees perform, and how often they have to stay home sick or quit the job entirely all affect a companies’ profit margin, and all of those factors: performance, rates of illness, absenteeism, accidents and staff turnover, are all affected by employees’ mental health status1.

POOR MENTAL HEALTH AND STRESS CAN NEGATIVELY AFFECT EMPLOYEES:2

Job performance and productivity
Engagement with one’s work
Communication with coworkers
Physical capability and daily functioning

To put it into perspective, depression will interfere with a person’s ability to complete physical tasks about 20% of the time, that’s 1 out of 5 work days.2 In addition to physical tasks, depression will reduce a person’s cognitive performance by about 35% of the time, which is 1.75 days out of 5 days.2 That’s a lot of lost productivity.

Cost Comparison

Research shows that the cost of lost productivity exceeds companies’ spending on direct costs, like health insurance.3 Generally, there are low rates for employees seeking treatment,3 which suggests that if employers invested in the mental health of their employees, that not only would the individuals benefit, but so would the companies’ bottom line: productivity for profit.

WHEN EMPLOYEES RECEIVE ADEQUATE TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION, THEY HAVE:3

Reduced job related accidents
Less Sick days
Decreased resignations
Improved productivity
Improved team building dynamics

References

1.


Harnois, Gaston, and Phyllis Gabriel. “Mental Health and Work: Impact, Issues and Good Practices.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization, 2002, www.who.int/mental_health/media/en/712.pdf .

2.


“Mental Health in the Workplace.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 10 Apr. 2019, www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/tools-resources/workplace-health/mental-health/index.html.

3.


“Mental Health Problems in the Workplace.” Harvard Health, Harvard Health Publishing, Feb. 2010, www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/mental-health-problems-in-the-workplace.

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