We already know that a successful wellness action plan can improve employee wellbeing (see our post on top reasons for developing a wellbeing action plan here – 5 reasons why your organisation should create wellness reports), but it can also save your organisation lots of time and money. Creating a positive work atmosphere increases productivity and reduces administration overheads. Mental health problems can put unnecessary strain on an organisation, as employees struggle with concentration and often require time away from work. If, however, your organisation promotes a healthy and happy workplace, then employees are less likely to take sick leave and more likely to work harder. Those with a good level of fitness tend to feel more motivated to achieve better results at work. This is why a Wellness Action Plan can enhance your company, gaining a higher income and building a good reputation amongst employees and clients.
By giving your employees a platform
If you use your Wellness Action Plan to enable your employees to discuss their mental health, you are more likely to save time on providing one-to-one sessions and referring employees to seek professional medical help. By providing group wellness meetings, you will reduce the amount of time spent on individual consultations and counselling appointments. By providing your employees with a safe space to discuss their concerns as a group, your team will feel better connected, refreshed, and supported.
By increasing productivity
Similarly, if an employee experiences low stress levels, they are more likely to work harder. A team which is feeling motivated and well cared for will have better concentration, thus giving them the ability to get the job done. A team with increased productivity can save an organisation a lot of time and money. Work will be completed to a higher and more efficient standard, which will also lead to happy clients and potentially more projects in the future.
By reducing sick leave
Now it should come as no surprise that a healthy employee is far less likely to take sick leave. Sick leave costs businesses a lot of money each year. Mental health issues are one of the main reasons for employee sick leave. With support groups, useful resources, and available contacts, a wellness action plan can reduce corporate mental health issues. As a result of this, employers often notice that sick leave expenditure tends to reduce after launching their Wellness Action Plan.
To learn more about mental health in the workplace in general, you can read our article here: Mental Health in the Workplace