It’s been estimated that 340 million people worldwide suffer from depression. The majority of these individuals experience the condition during their peak career years. Depression in the workplace affects an employee’s work performance, the overall office dynamics, and employer costs. Studies show that employers will spend over $51 million in absenteeism and loss of productivity. Medical treatment for the condition can cost employers over $26 billion.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are excellent benefits to accompany any sized wellness program. Studies show that 75% of companies with 251- 1000 employees currently use EAPs. Today, the number of employers using the service continues to grow. EAPs not only offer employees great benefits on a wide array of personal issues, but they also help employers improve employee work relations and performance.
Creativity is often the cornerstone that separates successful companies from their competitors. Many of these same employers also report happier employees. Studies show that encouraging creativity in the workplace can attract and retain happier, more productive employees. Establishing a culture of creativity starts at the top level of management and filters to each and every level of the organization. HR professionals are encouraged to work with senior management to implement creativity initiatives that will empower their employees to become successful, happier members that make a difference in their company.
Employers have long been encouraging multitasking as a way of increasing employee productivity, but research shows it may do more harm than good. Several studies have shown that high multitaskers experience greater problems focusing on important and complicated tasks, memory impairment of new subject matter, difficulty learning new material, and increased stress levels. This can ultimately lead to problems in delivering a company’s products and services efficiently and competitively.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women worldwide. In 2010, it was estimated that 1.5 million people were diagnosed with the disease. With figures this high, many employees themselves or people they love may become afflicted with breast cancer. Employers can do their part in the fight against breast cancer by addressing awareness and prevention in their wellness programs.