In a world where stress and burnout have become rampant, prioritising mental wellbeing has become crucial for employers across different industries. However, creating a stress-free workplace is easier said than done.
A recent article by HRM Asia discusses the need for Malaysian employers to promptly address mental health concerns in the workplace – failure to do so can lead to dire consequences for both workers and organisations.
Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, Chairman of The Alliance for Safe Community in Malaysia, highlights the harmful effects of neglecting mental health at work. He addresses the need for organisations to provide opportunities for workers to address and cope with work stress.
Moreover, the chairman of non-profit mental health organisation emphasises the importance of employers fostering a mentally and physically healthier workforce developed through activities promoting mental health.
One of the key takeaways from their discussion is the importance of creating a supportive and inclusive work culture that promotes mental wellbeing. Employers must foster an environment where employees feel comfortable discussing mental health concerns and seeking help without fear of stigma or repercussions.
Employers must address amongst themselves how excessive workloads and an unhealthy work environment can contribute to high stress levels and reduced productivity. These factors impact employee morale and job satisfaction and can lead to increased absenteeism, turnover, and a decline in overall performance.
Recognising prevention is better than cure, the article emphasises the need for proactive measures to mitigate workplace stress. Employers must regularly assess workloads, provide adequate resources, and promote work-life balance.
Employers can achieve progress through awareness campaigns, training programs, and the implementation of employee assistance programs with the role of leadership in driving mental health initiatives. Employers can lead by example and prioritise their mental wellbeing, setting a positive precedent for their employees.
By fostering an open dialogue about mental health and demonstrating a commitment to employee wellness, leaders can help build a supportive culture that values and raises mental health concerns.