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Recharging Your Battery: Why Mental Health Matters in the Workplace

Written By: Jane Nady

Let's face it, work can be stressful. Deadlines loom, emails pile up, and sometimes it feels like there just aren't enough hours in the day. But what happens when that stress starts to impact our mental well-being?

With 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiencing mental illness in a given year, it's no secret that mental health issues are on the rise, and the workplace plays a significant role in our overall emotional state.

The good news? More and more companies are recognizing the importance of prioritizing mental health in the workplace. This isn't just about feeling good - it's about creating a productive, engaged, and positive work environment for everyone.


Why Should Employers Care About Mental Health at Work?

Think of your workforce as a team of marathon runners. When they're fueled and well-rested, they can run long distances and achieve amazing things. But when they're depleted and exhausted, they're more likely to stumble, get discouraged, and even drop out of the race altogether.

Here's the kicker: a mentally healthy workforce is a successful workforce. Studies show that employees who feel supported by their employer’s experience:

  • Increased productivity and creativity

  • Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism (being physically present but mentally absent)

  • Improved employee engagement and morale

  • Lower healthcare costs

Recognizing the Signs of Stress

It's important to be aware of the signs that stress is becoming too much for your employees.

Some common signs include:

  • Decreased productivity and focus

  • Increased irritability or anxiety

  • Changes in sleep or appetite

  • Social withdrawal or isolation

  • Increased absenteeism

If you notice any of these signs in your employees, it's important to reach out and offer support.

Taking Action: Tips for Employers

The annual cost of untreated depression in the workplace is estimated to be $44 billion*

 So, how can you, as an employer, create a work environment that prioritizes mental health?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Promote open communication: Let your employees know that it's okay to talk about mental health. Encourage regular check-ins with managers and create a safe space for open communication.

  • Offer flexible work arrangements: This can give employees more control over their schedules and help them achieve a better work-life balance.

  • Lead by example: Managers who prioritize their own well-being and set healthy boundaries send a powerful message to their teams.

  • Recognize and reward good work: Feeling valued and appreciated is a great way to boost morale and combat stress.

  • Provide access to mental health resources: This could include an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), mental health trainings, or simply providing information on local resources.

If you are looking for ideas on what you can do to improve mental wellness in your workplace, read below to see how Imperfect Pathways prioritizes mental wellness. Also, learn what Imperfect Pathways offers to help support you and/or your business, team or staff.

Imperfect Pathways: Prioritizing Your Well-Being 

At Imperfect Pathways, we understand the importance of mental well-being for both our employees and the individuals we serve. That's why we offer a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) packed with resources designed to support you through life's ups and downs.


Here's what you can expect:

  •  Confidential coaching: Need help managing stress, navigating a difficult relationship, or simply want to bounce ideas around? Our EAP program provides access to licensed professionals who can offer personalized guidance and support.

  • Leadership training: We believe strong leadership fosters a positive work environment. Through our EAP program, managers gain valuable skills to support their teams, recognize signs of stress, and promote open communication about mental health.

  • Mental health training: Knowledge is power! We offer workshops and training sessions to help employees understand mental health challenges, develop coping mechanisms, and cultivate resilience.

  • Wellness plans: From budgeting tips to healthy eating resources, our EAP program provides the tools you need to prioritize your overall well-being.

Beyond programs, we believe in fostering a culture of care: That means creating a space where employees feel comfortable talking about mental health, setting boundaries, and prioritizing their well-being. We offer flexible work arrangements and encourage employees to take breaks, use their vacation time, and disconnect when needed.

Custom-built Training Programs: We recognize that every employee has unique needs. That's why we offer custom-built training programs designed to address specific challenges faced by our team. Feeling overwhelmed by a new software program? Struggling to manage communication with a difficult client? These are just a few examples of how we personalize our support to ensure everyone feels equipped and empowered.


Taking Care of Yourself is Taking Care of Business:

 Remember, a healthy and engaged workforce is a successful workforce. So, don't be afraid to prioritize your mental health. Take advantage of the resources offered by Imperfect Pathways, and remember, a recharged battery is a happy, productive battery!


*(source: National Alliance on Mental Illness)


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