We have all encountered periods of stress on the job. Some days you may find yourself slammed with a to-do list that seems endless and deadlines that can make you feel cornered. But do you ever feel so stressed out at work that you’re completely overwhelmed? Do your emotions feel like a rollercoaster ride with no end in sight? If only there was a better alternative available at your job to help you cope with these feelings. It comes as no surprise that prolonged periods of cumulative stress have proven to negatively impact employee morale, productivity, and absenteeism in a major way.
Rest assured, the workplace wellness climate is changing and we’ve narrowed down four key elements regarding behavioral health (comprised of mental and emotional health) that employers need to know.
Stress in the workplace has a detrimental effect on people.
According to a study conducted by Dimensional Research, 83 percent of workers experience stress on a regular basis and 48 percent of people have cried at work due to stress. Younger generations (Millennials and Gen Z) seem to be suffering the most and the consequences are debilitating: 45 percent of workers under 40 experience extreme stress on a daily basis. These stats are prevalent particularly for employee morale and absenteeism, as half of the workers surveyed missed at least one day of work per year due to behavioral health challenges.
At Fitspot, our services include everything from chair massages and fitness classes to meditation and essential oil making. The goal is to build on the community aspect of bringing people together. There is a direct link between wellness experiences that foster bonding with coworkers and an increased level of emotional and mental well-being. We conducted a nationwide survey of Fitspot clients to test out this theory, and it turns out that 52.6 percent of workers have felt positive changes in mental health since starting Fitspot!
There is a new attitude towards seeking support.
50 percent of U.S. workers are more likely to seek help for mental wellness now than they were five years ago. This is the strongest trend reported regardless of age, gender, type of work, and city vs. rural setting.
You are not alone, especially when feeling emotionally overwhelmed and stressed! Based on Fitspot’s nationwide survey, 58.6 percent of participants met new people at Fitspot services, which proves just how many more people are actively seeking out a community. Our on-site mental wellness and stress management services come in the form of educational workshops, chair massages, skill-building and professional development services such as one-on-one life coaching. Remember, the most common motivator to use behavioral benefits is the ease of access, and Fitspot provides an easily accessible and welcoming environment to bring the community together.
Employers should provide behavioral health benefits now.
Employer-provided behavioral health benefits now top the list of priorities for job seekers when evaluating current or future employers. The proof is in the numbers: the study reported that 91 percent of U.S. workers believe that their employer should care about their emotional health and 85 percent of people also declared that behavioral health services are paramount when considering a new place of employment. Moreover, wellness programs and mental health support surpassed other employer services surveyed such as financial advising, gym memberships, free meals, among others. Such a massive shift in focus, especially by younger generations, is an affirmation that employers must take notice if they want to appeal to future recruits.
Not to toot our own horn, but Fitspot was created with this notion in mind so that we can help both employers and employees find an easier solution to creating a happier and healthier work environment. Our nationwide survey revealed that a whopping 87.4 percent of people felt more positive toward their workplace since implementing Fitspot! Happier employees=more productivity and less absenteeism, not to mention a higher employee retention rate. It is financially crucial for employers to see the big picture here.
Behavioral health programs could be improved.
Ironically, despite the obvious increase in demand for behavioral health services, people are still fighting enormous barriers that are preventing them from accessing support. According to the study, only 26 percent of the workforce gets professional help for stress and one-third of those people paid out of pocket because their employee benefits didn’t cover it. When 81 percent of people are reported saying that stress highly impacts their work and such a minimal number of people are actually getting the help they need to cope, a significant blow to workplace morale, productivity, and increased absenteeism become inevitable.
Wellness programs such as Fitspot show job seekers that your company cares about their health and well being, and in today’s competitive job market, that’s everything. Employees perform better when they know they are appreciated and valued. Let Fitspot provide that service for you! We understand the critical importance of looking ahead and implementing positive change while promoting your internal workplace culture.
Fitspot offers a range of services tailored to emotional and mental health that can be customized to your company’s needs and vision.
Danielle is the Marketing & Content Coordinator at Fitspot. She is a former journalist and professional opera singer. Danielle is passionate about whole body wellness and understands the critical role optimal health plays in having the immunity, energy and stamina to excel on stage and off! Running, hiking and yoga are her favorite activities. Danielle resides in New York City and is always on the hunt for the best new coffee spot.