A modern company relies more than ever on a healthy and productive workforce.
Every day we’re learning more the benefits of supporting not just the physical health of employees, but their behavioral health as well.
Millions of American workers are affected by mental health and substance use disorders every year, leading to employer losses resulting from absenteeism, disability costs, and higher health insurance expenses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 200 million workdays are lost each year due to depression-related issues alone.
Early detection, assessment, and connection with treatment can have a significant positive impact on the lives of those who experience mental health and substance use issues. These action steps not only prevent behavioral health problems from worsening, but they also improve worker productivity and can decrease the cost of providing health insurance. Improving behavioral health in the workplace:
- Reduces absenteeism while increasing “presenteeism;”
- Boosts morale;
- Increases productivity;
- Lowers insurance costs;
- Reduces industrial accidents; and
- Improves the quality of work.