Mental Health to be a part of Employee Benefit Programs

According to Wade Macdonald's research, almost 28% of employees report their mental health has deteriorated as a result of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic.



Working from home is considerably harder for 44 percent of employees — physically, intellectually, and emotionally – than working in the office, according to a research issued this month (January) that polled 415 respondents.


Furthermore, 31.4 percent of employees report challenges with homeschooling while working remotely, and 30.5 percent have concerns with broadband and connectivity. Furthermore, a quarter of respondents (24.7%) encounter IT infrastructure challenges.


Workplace Expectations:


A third of employees (33%) have adjusted their expectations of their workplace as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Flexible working is valued by 73 percent of employees, followed by a strong pension scheme (38 percent), a bonus programme (34 percent), and healthcare (31 percent ). Furthermore, 20% of employees appreciate parking as a benefit, followed by 14% who value gym membership.


According to another research, 86 percent of employees would want to work from home more often, while 20% of those who agreed with this statement would prefer to never return to work.


The following are some of the advantages of supporting employee mental health:


Increased productivity:

Nearly 86 percent of people treated for depression report increased work performance, according to research. Treatment for depression has also been demonstrated to reduce absenteeism and presenteeism by 40 to 60% in several trials.




Increased employee retention:

In a 2019 survey of more than 1,500 employees throughout the US, more than a third of those polled claimed they had left a job because of mental health issues, at least in part. Mental health was cited as the key factor by 59 percent of those polled.



Disability costs:

Adults with major mental illness have twice the prevalence of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Finally, provide opportunities for employees to form bonds with one another through social events, affinity groups, and internet message boards.