Business leaders who continue to believe that investing in their employee’s mental health and wellbeing is a ‘nice to have’ extra need to get their heads out of the sand and look at the compelling evidence. The message has become very clear, businesses who invest in the mental health and wellbeing of their employees see a significant return on their investment, including:
- Improved attraction and retention
- Reduced absenteeism
- Increased discretionary effort
- Reduced psychological injury claims
- Improved productivity
- Improved leadership effectiveness
It is therefore time to work out how, not whether, to invest in your employees’ mental health and wellbeing. The Wellbeing Culture Model developed by Sentis provides the blueprint for how mature organisations can invest in 5 Essential Wellbeing Culture Elements for Organisational Effectiveness:
Organisation – Does the company’s environment and practices facilitate employee engagement?
Leader – Are leaders cultivating high-quality relationships with their teams?
Team – Are co-workers strongly connected in order to assist and support each other?
Job – Does the design of the job enable employees to get a sense of meaning and purpose?
Individual – Do employees possess the personal resources needed to be effective at work?
Employee-led business success is not a myth. There are clear evidence-based strategies an organisation can put in place to ensure they have a happy, engaged and productive workforce. A win for employees and the organisation alike.
Organisations that invest in their employees’ mental health and wellbeing will reap the rewards; those who don’t will continue to miss out on a fantastic opportunity to make a positive difference to their workforce and also the company’s bottom line.