- Psychological support is a way of caring for and valuing employees, which translates into increased productivity.
- This is not a passing trend or one that arrived with the pandemic, but rather a strategy that more and more companies are adopting given the benefits.
- Some of them are: more productive teams, lower labor turnover and greater retention of key talent.
In a competitive environment, the well-being of employees has become a fundamental part of the operations of companies. This practice is becoming more and more widespread, given the benefits it generates in terms of mental health such as reduction of stress, anxiety or burnoutas well as the increase in productivity, which at the end of the day translates into more competitive companies.
55% of Latin American workers acknowledge having worked without feeling well mentally; while 61% accepted feeling physically ill, which represents a risk that can materialize in absenteeism, turnover and decreased productivity for companies, according to a Marsh study.
In this sense, psychological support can become a useful tool for companies to face these adversities, since it provides employees with strategies to maintain mental balance, facing challenges with greater creativity and resilience.
“Factors such as stress, anxiety and constant pressure can affect the mental health of workers, which subsequently affects their performance and productivity. Psychological support is a way to address these needs, making employees feel valued and understood, which translates into an increase in motivation, loyalty and productivity,” says Anabel Fernández, CEO of Affor Health.
He explains that psychological support also promotes a positive work environment, “since it is an intelligent investment, which contributes to reducing absenteeism and employee turnover resulting from mental disorders.”
In companies that have health care strategies, 79% of their employees indicate that they are less likely to change jobs, which has an impact on the retention of key talent for the company’s growth.
According to the Afor Health specialist, when implementing psychological support, companies must consider:
- Prevention and reduction of psychosocial risks: which impact the mental health of work teams and trigger problems such as stress, anxiety or burnout.
- Mental health care: The support of experts in occupational mental health issues is key, both to detect psychosocial risks and to address specific cases.
- Occupational Risk Prevention Areas: These have the function of implementing strategies and actions in favor of the mental health of the teams, as well as channeling them with mental health specialists, if the worker requires it.
- Positive work environment: Companies that care about the emotional well-being of employees tend to create a more positive and supportive work environment, inhibiting problems between collaborators and improving relationships between them.
- Increase in productivity: Teams become more productive and achieve their goals.
- More creativity: Caring for occupational mental health also positively impacts aspects such as creativity and effective problem solving.
- Motivation: It manifests itself when a worker feels good about himself, is recognized and perceives that work does not represent a burden but rather a complement to his life.
“Psychological support in companies is not a passing trend, but a strategy to generate greater productivity. By addressing the emotional needs of employees, you not only create an environment conducive to growth and innovation, but also sustainable bonds with the team.”