With global statistics showing that 1 in 4 people experience a mental disorder each year, there will be people in your organisation who are in distress. Even with the best recruitment practices, life throws us curve balls, and people go through challenges.
And like it or not, they bring them to work.
When people are mentally unwell, they are not able to perform to their potential, they are more likely to make mistakes, have accidents and injuries, be absent or unproductive, and this impacts not just them, but the whole team.
And the majority of people will not tell their boss when they are experiencing a mental health problem. So for most organisations, without an overt crisis situation to draw their attention to it, they are unaware of the degree to which these silent mental health problems are impacting their teams …. and their bottom line.
You need to know where you are, to work out where you want to be.
Building and sustaining a corporate culture that promotes mental health and growth requires a scientiﬁc approach.
The ﬁrst thing to do is to ﬁnd out the facts of the situation. Basically, you want to know if the culture in your organisation or team is what you think it is, worse than you think it is or, hopefully, way better that you thought it was.
Once you know where you are, then you’ll be able to accurately determine the Mental Health Strategy that will get you the best ROI and produce the staff engagement, and proﬁt, you are after.
To help organisations do this, the Workplace Mental Health Institute has developed the EWS16 tool.
The Employee Wellbeing Survey (EWS16) provides you with both a scientific approach and a comprehensive baseline data regarding the level of mental health and wellbeing within your organisation, and which strategies will yield the best results for your specific organisation.