The Impact of Mental Health on Workplace Productivity

How to Build a Workplace Culture that Supports Mental Health, Tools and Resources for Mental Health Support

Mental health issues have a significant impact on the productivity and performance of employees in the workplace. According to the World Health Organization, depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity. As an HR manager, it is important to prioritize mental health and create a supportive workplace culture to help employees thrive.

Building a workplace culture that supports mental health requires a multi-faceted approach. Here are some key strategies:


  1. Normalise conversations around mental health: Encourage open communication about mental health in the workplace. Provide training to employees and managers on how to identify signs of mental health issues and how to have conversations about mental health in a supportive and respectful manner.
  2. Foster work-life balance: Create policies that support work-life balance, such as flexible working hours and remote work options. Encourage employees to take breaks throughout the day and prioritize self-care.
  3. Promote mental health resources: Make sure employees are aware of mental health resources such as employee assistance programs, counselling services, and mental health apps. Consider offering mental health benefits such as therapy or coaching sessions.
  4. Lead by example: As a manager, it is important to model healthy behaviours and prioritize your own mental health. This can help create a positive culture where mental health is valued and prioritized.

There are also various tools and resources that can be used to support mental health in the workplace. Here are some examples:

  1. Mental health apps: Apps such as Headspace and Calm offer guided meditations and mindfulness exercises that can help employees manage stress and anxiety.

  2. Employee assistance programs: Many companies offer EAPs, which provide confidential counselling and support services for employees and their families.

  3. Workplace mental health training: Organizations such as Mental Health First Aid and the National Alliance on Mental Illness offer training programs to help employees and managers identify and support colleagues with mental health issues.

  4. Support groups: Creating a support group for employees with similar experiences can be a helpful way to build a sense of community and provide a safe space for discussion and support.


In conclusion, mental health plays a critical role in workplace productivity and creating a supportive workplace culture is essential. HR managers can prioritize mental health by normalizing conversations around mental health, fostering work-life balance, promoting mental health resources, and leading by example. By utilizing tools and resources such as mental health apps, EAPs, workplace training programs, and support groups, HR managers can create a workplace that values and supports the mental health of employees.

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