According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Mental Health is… ‘a state of well-being in which the
individual realises his or her own abilities can cope
with the normal stresses of life, can work productively
& fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his
or her community’…
yet, how often Is that happening in organisations?...
Did you know:
- that only 13% of employees are fully engaged?
(Washington Post 2013)
- that 87% of employees are depressed on some level (mild, medium or severe)
(Australian Psychological Society 2011-2015 Study)
- that 49% of employees felt that their employer cared about their mental health or well-being
(APS 2015 Study)
The unfortunate thing is that these studies have already “proven” that there is a major issue affecting companies With respect to stress and mental health issues. Evidence also indicates that poor mental health costs Australian Business $10.9Billion every year in lost Productivity, absenteeism and compensation claims.
The evidence also indicates that the return on investment- ROI – for every dollar invested in programs of effective mental health initiatives, returns on average $2.30.
If this is the case, when are companies going to invest in their most precious asset, their staff, so that they share a happy, efficient, more productive, and therefore more profitable work place?