Mental Health in the Workplace: How Measuring Mood Creates a Healthier Workplace
Mental health and productivity in the workplace
Mental health in the workplace… how often is that discussed at management meetings?
According to this Guardian article, seventy million working days are lost each year due to stress, depression and other mental health conditions in Britain.
This costs Britain £70-100bn annually, equivalent to 4.5% of the nation’s GDP.
It’s not hard to see the connection between mental health and productivity in the workplace.
Chronically stressed on the job?
Lauren Brednich, CEO of HR Company Store says, “When a workplace is unhealthy or even toxic, increased costs manifest themselves in a variety of different areas—healthcare costs, leave of absence data, productivity and even overtime requests.”
A Work and Wellbeing survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) reported that less than half of the workers surveyed felt their organization supported employee well-being.
One in three reported being chronically stressed on the job. What are the numbers like where you work?
It’s time to talk more about mental health in the workplace.
We talk about tasks and deadlines more than feelings
“People don’t talk that openly about their feelings at most workplaces. They talk about tasks and deadlines more than feelings.”
But, it’s clear that mental health is so intertwined with the workplace and employers need to step up to help improve mental health awareness in the workplace.
Some users report that when launching the Celpax device, employees often ask how they should be using the device.
Should they be pressing the button based off how the work day in the office went or how they feel at the end of the day? Should they be thinking about how they got along with others?
Or more about whether or not they’ve gotten all their work done?
Our answer: all of the above!
Bring your WHOLE you to work
When you measure with a Celpax device, you’re asking employees, “How was your day?”.
By this, you’re also asking them, “How do you feel?” You can’t separate feelings from the individual.
The agile HR manager at user Dek Tech puts it well:
“If you’re going through a tough time at home, it will have an effect on your job too. The working environment is part of something bigger. How can we best help or support you when your spirit is low? Everything affects each other.”
One of our users at baby goods manufacturer Cosatto, reports that at the end of the workday, he presses the device based on his feeling at that moment.
Not based just on how much work he has gotten done but he reflects on everything; his mood, his coworkers, what’s going on in his personal life.
The whole person comes to work!
Mental health in the workplace: Take action
By measuring employee mood and employee happiness, you will be able to take a pulse on what’s going on in the office and gauge how everyone is feeling.
It’s a tool for the workplace, to help start conversations and make changes. To create awareness around mental health in the workplace.
It could help you avoid the snowball effect of workplace issues. These issues leading to stress and even more serious mental health issues.
Measuring allows you to look at how the mood is trending over a period of time. As mood trends downward, you can take action to change what makes employees press the red button.
Lastly, measuring sends the message to employees that you’re making wellbeing a company value. That you’re listening and there to support them.