Workplace Mental Health and Wellness: Accelerating a Movement

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Mental health and wellness has emerged as one of the critical issues of our time and has only been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, the visibility of equity and social justice issues, and the overall economic instability across the globe. As the data shows, untreated and undertreated mental health is a heavy financial burden, especially in the workplace.

$23 billion dollars

Amount spent annually in the U.S. on work productivity loss due to depression

Source: Bloom et al. The Global Economic Burden of Non-communicable Diseases. World Economic Forum and Harvard School of Public Health. 2011.

$16 trillion dollars

Mental illness will contribute to $16 trillion in lost output by 2030

200 million workdays

Depression alone is estimated to cause 200 million lost workdays annually

Business as Usual Comes at a Cost

The cost of doing nothing about workplace mental health and wellness is significantly higher than investing in evidence-based prevention and treatment. Failure to support employees’ mental health not only weighs on the employees themselves, but it also weighs heavily on an organizations’ bottom line. Businesses can no longer afford the status quo.

76% of people believe companies should be doing more to support the mental health of their workforce

85% of people say their mental health issues at work negatively affect their home life (and vice versa)

70% of people reported more stress and anxiety at work in 2020 than any other previous year

The Upside

Investing in workplace mental health and wellness increases retention, recruitment, and productivity; lowers absenteeism, disability leave, and medical costs; and reduces employee-related risks and potential liabilities.

Every $1 investment in promoting mental health has a $3 – $5 return

Source: Creating a mentally healthy workplace: Return on investment analysis. PwC, beyondblue, Australian Government National Mental Health Commission, and The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.

Our People, Our Responsibility, Our Movement

The HR profession has always had a role in addressing mental health and wellness and in 2021, there is an unprecedented need for leadership and vision. SHRM Foundation embraces mental health and wellness as the future of work and understands this is just the beginning of a movement poised to shift the workplace paradigm around this most important issue.

SHRM Foundation is leading the charge toward transformational change by empowering business leadership and HR professionals to eliminate the stigma around employees’ mental health, invest in innovative wellness strategies, and create more supportive work environments through three key offerings:

  • A platform for thought leadership supporting mental health and wellness in the workplace to accelerate a movement around removing the stigma of mental health from the workplace
  • A portfolio of resources which includes innovative tools to create supportive and inclusive workplaces, including training modules, educational resources, HR ally certification, and more
  • A first-of-its-kind Workplace Mental Health & Wellness Summit 2021 in the workplace, specifically for CEOs, CHROs to interact with experts, exchange ideas, and start the paradigm shift

We have the motivation, experience, and solutions to help executives and HR leaders in organizations of all sizes address the mental health and wellness of our most treasured resources: Our people.

Every successful movement has drawn inspiration from key leaders. In the workplace, CEOs are the engine for change. Join us as we mobilize the power of HR to transform the workplace and the lives of 300K+ HR and business leaders, impacting 115 million+ employees worldwide. With your support, we can reach millions more around the globe to accelerate the movement to remove the stigma of Mental Health in the workplace.

Make your commitment to cultivating a healthier workplace known and become a sponsor of this important Workplace Mental Health and Wellness initiative. Your contributions will lead the way to getting cutting-edge resources that cultivate healthier workspaces into the hands of HR leaders worldwide. For further information about this initiative or sponsorship opportunities contact Ellen Christman at [email protected].