Employers who cut back on proactive investment in their employees during this recession may find it would have been cheaper in the long run to have adopted strategies to improve morale, reduce negative stress, and decrease absenteeism and presenteeism.
Robin Mackie, VP Employer Services at Banyan Work Health Solutions, says, “We know that workplace stressors—unclear job expectations, excessive and unpredictable workload, the lack of perceived control over their environment, and a high effort, which we know employees have to put out right now—are exerting a toll on health. Because of the economy, workers aren’t getting extra time off. They’re not given extra pay. They’re just expected to do more. All of these factors tie into employees feeling a sense of hopelessness, low self-efficacy, and low self-esteem. Those are all researchbased stressors that put workers at an increased risk of a mental health disorder.”