05 May Preserving Mental Health
Why people need to preserve their mental health…..
Canadian employers need to be more intentional about preserving mental health in the workplace over the next decade and beyond, with new programs and processes to support this change into the future. With one in 5 Canadians between the ages of 19 and 40 facing a mental health disease or illness, the Canadian workforce will soon feel the pinch of spending more than 6 billion dollars annually to make employees healthy so they can return to work.
There is a better way to approach this social phenomenon, one in which employers spend less time and energy on healing and invest some resources into supporting employees to stay well, so they can work, live and play well. We all know that it is more costly to fix something than it is to maintain it. Think of your car, if you do the regularly scheduled oil changes and services, your car will run smoother and you will have few issues with the engine, transmission and overall function of your car. Do you have friends or acquaintances who refuse to honor the regularly scheduled maintenance, and they end up facing expensive transmission and engine problems with their vehicle? This is what most Canadian employers do with their employees. They call after the employee has gone off on stress leave or worst quit before they make changes or even think about what they could have done to support them better.
Workplace Wellness Improvement Program (WWIP) is designed to support employees to live, work and play well. WWIP provides workplace wellness coaching support that helps employees think differently about wellness and take new actions to preserving mental health, so they build resilience and stamina. This allows them to be long-term profitable employees who serve your organization well.
If you are looking to preserving mental health in your organization this year, give us a call and we can help you manage your workplace wellness program.
To Your Wellness
Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Strategist and Workplace Wellness Coach and creator of the Wellness Improvement System (WIS) programs, consisting of Workplace Wellness Improvement Program (WWIP) and the WIS Wellness assessment Instrument. She is also Director of the only ICF approved training program for Coaches and Wellness Facilitators in Manitoba. Go here to complete a free workplace wellness audit for your workplace today.