Healthy workplaces increase productivity

The only thing more exhausting than having a mental illness is pretending like you don't

The fact is that we spend more time at work than we do with our family or friends having balance in life is becoming more difficult as we try to fit everything in. We rarely spend time on ourselves, if not at all. This has become such a common theme in many people's lives now. I believe strongly that this is why mental health issues have become such a major issue.

 

A recent study raised by the National Mental Health Commission states that after surveying 10,000 Australians 43% of those said that the workplace caused it.

Having worked in many companies over my 35-year working life I have seen first hand how some people are treated by other staff members and also management. Sadly, profits come before people but the really sad thing is, that companies don't seem to realize that treating staff badly and putting undue pressures on them actually impact on profits.

Mental health issues have increased so much in this country that in the latest Productivity Commission report by our Government, states that it costs this countries economy approximately $43 to $51 billion ( yes, that’s right, BILLIONS) a year, plus an additional $130 billion per year cost associated with diminished health and reduced life expectancy for those living with a mental ill-health.

Mental health is increasing at such a rapid rate in this country that our hospitals are unable to cope with the number of people being admitted with mental health issues. Many people don't get the help they need and subsequently our suicide rate is rising as well.

Workplaces need to have a proactive approach to workplace stress and how it impacts on the individual. People who have a balanced lifestyle and are able to spend time on themselves by looking after their mental health are more productive not only at home but also at work.

 

Workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains.