Mental health involves emotional well-being (linked to the ability to express your feelings and manage your emotions) and mental acuity (the ability of clear and logical thinking).
In recent years, employers have noticed that it is necessary to strengthen the psychological resilience of their employees. They have done a lot by implementing stress reduction programmes, or by planning weekly mindfulness sessions in companies. The COVID-19 epidemic has changed the situation by having a very strong impact on employees’ mental health, and currently companies are doing even more in this respect.
According to the CBRE “Wellness. Explore the office future” report, by 2040 the boundaries between work and personal life will be completely blurred. Based on observations involving the current epidemiological and socioeconomic situation, it seems that this will probably happen much earlier.
Mental health issues have changed, and now they include:
Today, employees fear greatly for their health and jobs. A safe workplace and stability are crucial for them. They feel burnt out because of the long-term work at home in improvised conditions that make it difficult for them to focus. Strong technological stress makes them look for a retreat from digitisation (e.g. by enjoying nature or sports), but this is very difficult now more than ever.
All these issues affect employee efficiency and high levels of absenteeism, causing difficulties in achieving business goals, which are particularly undesirable at a time when companies are trying to overcome the crisis.
Well-thought-out solutions dedicated to the current situation help reduce the negative impact of employee moods on business, and contribute to creating a work environment expected by employees: one that is safe and supportive. It is estimated that more than half of absenteeism is due to stress. Detailed statistics related to the impact of the pandemic on employees’ health are not yet available, but we can safely assume that the situation will get worse.
Stress is increased by the pace of work, sudden changes in working conditions, the need to immediately adapt and develop technical and other skills, very high number of stimuli we receive every day, and fear of changing salaries or losing our job.
Additional factors are the attempts to find a balance in personal and professional life while introducing the home office system, and the expectations of continuous growth with the concurrent reduction of expenditure on training and development.
According to Medicover studies, HR managers see mental health as the most unique area of employees’ health. It is associated with the emotional work-life balance, mental safety and the mental condition of employees.
Psychologist and psychiatrist consultations at Medicover are mainly provided to professionally active people between the ages of 21 and 40. In recent years, the key reasons for such consultations have included:
More and more companies want to actively help employees find their place in the new situation and regain their mental balance. Today, in many cases, the implementation of mental healthcare solutions is the only way to maintain and increase the engagement and motivation of employees, also reducing the absenteeism.
At Medicover Polska, we have been dealing with employees’ health for years now. At this difficult time, we understand that mental health and resistance to stress are as important as physical health. Therefore, we have made sure to tailor our offer by introducing many dedicated solutions for patients and companies that expect multifaceted psychological assistance.
Prevention of mental disorders is not only about visits and therapy, especially under current conditions. We will analyse your needs and those of your employees, and offer tailor-made solutions, including: