PART 3 | Mental Health Effects on Productivity
THE ADVANTAGES OF MENTAL HEALTH
SUPPORT IN THE WORKPLACE
Employees that are happier in their positions and at their companies produce better work for and more willingly engage in their organization. This seems straightforward, but the main question is, how do companies make their employees happy? Also, what steps should they take to ensure dedication and commitment from their staff members?
HAPPY EMPLOYEES PRODUCE HIGH-QUALITY WORK
FACTORS OF WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY
Physical working environment
Autonomy in the workplace
A study conducted by Kyle Shobe of Missouri State University found that workplace productivity is mainly driven by four factors:
The intellectual capital of a company’s productive employees can be considered about 80% of the total value a firm can provide. Balancing mental satisfaction for employees socially, economically, and physically provides a positive mentality and higher productivity, bettering job performance and motivation to improve and create quality work. Continuous learning also gives employees more abilities to develop and master, preventing a productivity "ceiling" from forming.
ENGAGED WORKERS PRODUCE BETTER WORK
Engaged workers are more receptive, productive, and more likely to overachieve, as well as contribute to the betterment of their work environment. They produce better work more efficiently when they are provided:
those who approach their work with energy, dedication, and focus
Association for Psychological Science, 2011
POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH IMPROVES WORK PRODUCTIVITY
These findings directly correlate to the information provided about positive mental health in the workplace. Having control of one’s work, positive workplace relationships, support, and a healthy physical environment are all parts of improving mental health. These factors affect many parts of mental health and well-being, and ensuring they are met to the best of the company’s ability produces the best—and most productive—employees.
PART 4 | Management Training