People don’t always realize just how large a role mental health can play in workplace productivity (as a matter of fact, mental illness is the leading cause of productivity loss in the workplace, affecting 1 in 5 Americans and costing $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year! But rather than focusing on the abstract numbers of a national health problem, let’s focus on the personal.
One common thing we hear a lot from our patients at Carolina Partners is an ineffable sense of “not being good enough” in their work setting. Even people who are objectively doing well for themselves can sense when they are not reaching their full potential. And even if you are not suffering daily from a chronic mental health disorder, you might still benefit from some level of therapeutic help. Among the many complicating factors that might be negatively impacting your productivity at work include: workplace bullying, heightened and unaddressed stress issues, lack of proper sleeping and eating habits, the tendency to beat yourself up when you make mistakes - each of which could be solved with proper psychological intervention.
More than 80% of employees who seek psychological treatment for their issues report far greater levels of work satisfaction. In the face of these emerging statistics, plenty of workplaces have begun to embrace mental health intervention as a pillar of keeping up workplace morale and taking care of their employees, but even so, you don’t have to wait for your employer to get around to providing good care.