Mental Health in the Workplace: Strategies for Promoting Employee Wellbeing

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Mental health is an increasingly important topic for businesses, particularly as we learn more about how stress impacts work performance. Say’s Dr. John Manzella, In fact, a recent study found that employee wellbeing can have a greater impact on productivity than salary or even working conditions. This raises the question of what employers can do to promote mental health in the workplace.

The workplace is the place where most people spend most of their time.

The workplace is a place where most people spend most of their time. It is therefore important to promote good mental health in the workplace and ensure that employees are able to deal with stress effectively.

There are many sources of stress at work, such as long hours, excessive workloads and job insecurity. Stress can lead to mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety disorders which may require medical treatment or leave from work for an extended period of time

Workplace stress can lead to mental health issues and burnout.

Stress is a normal part of life. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something needs to change in order for you to feel better. Stress can be good or bad, depending on the situation and how it impacts your mental health.

When we’re under stress, our body releases cortisol as part of the fight-or-flight response:

  • Our heart rate increases so we can run away from danger quickly
  • Our breathing deepens so we have more oxygen available for running faster or fighting harder if needed (this also helps us think clearly)
  • Blood vessels tighten up which reduces blood flow to non-essential areas like our stomachs and intestines (so there’s less chance of bleeding if we get hurt)

The impact of poor mental health in the workplace is significant.

The impact of poor mental health in the workplace is significant. Mental health problems can lead to a range of issues including increased absenteeism, reduced productivity and lower morale, as well as higher staff turnover rates.

Poor mental health can also have a negative effect on businesses’ bottom line: according to research by The Centre for Mental Health (CMH), poor mental health costs UK businesses around £99 billion each year–equivalent to 1% of GDP.

There are a number of strategies that employers can use to promote employee wellbeing.

  • Employer should be aware of their own mental health and wellbeing.
  • Employer should be aware of the mental health of their employees.


The workplace is the place where most people spend most of their time. It’s therefore important that we as employers are aware of how our employees are feeling, and what we can do to help them. Poor mental health in the workplace has a significant impact on productivity and employee wellbeing. The strategies outlined above will help promote employee wellbeing, which will benefit both your business and its workers!

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