Chronic diseases and injuries in the U.S. workforce cost employers more than half a trillion dollars in lost productivity each year.
Workplace well-being can affect productivity and organizational performance, as studies reveal work performance declines when people feel anxious or depressed. Competing work and personal demands can also have a negative impact. The lack of life-work balance can magnify psychological stress, increase the risk for health behaviors such as smoking, poor nutrition, alcohol, substance, and medication misuse, and cause relationship conflicts both at work and at home.
76% of respondents reported at least one symptom of a mental health condition, an increase of 17% in just two years.
Gone are the days when providing mental health support to your employees was an option. It is now a necessity. A recent report from the U. S. Surgeon General’s office reveals there are five essential components which can assist employers with creating framework and application protocols around their organizational wellness plans. Creating a plan with a diverse set of employees to enact these components can help re-imagine workplaces as communities of well-being.
The U.S. Surgeon General’s Five Core Essentials:
1. Protection from Harm: Safety and Security (both physical and psychological)
2. Connection and Community: Social Support and Belonging
3. Life-Work Harmony: Autonomy and Flexibility
4. Mattering at Work: Dignity, Respect, and Purpose
5. Opportunity for Growth: Learning and Accomplishments
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Information provided by The U.S. Surgeon General’s Framework for Workplace Mental Health & Wellbeing report released to the public on October 20, 2022. To review the report in its entirety go to: surgeongeneral.gov/workplace