Research published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology in 2017 found that psychotherapy can improve work efficiency and employee engagement. Workers who underwent psychotherapy showed a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety, increased self-confidence and better stress management, resulting in greater productivity and job satisfaction.
According to a 2020 World Health Organization (WHO) report, workplace mental disorders cost the global economy more than $1 billion annually. These include lost work performance, increased health care costs and reduced productivity.
A 2020 Deloitte report, Mental Health and Employers: Refreshing the Case for Investment, highlighted the business case for investing in mental health support. The report indicates that every pound invested in mental health interventions can deliver an average ROI of five pounds through reductions in work attendance and absenteeism.
A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2019 analyzed the ROI of workplace mental health intervention programs. The results showed that for every dollar invested, there is a return of $2.18 through improved productivity and reduced health care costs.
In 2019, the World Health Organization recognized burnout as a medical diagnosis, which has since been included in the international classification of diseases under the code QD85. from January 1, 2022, an employee has the right to official sick leave if he suffers from burnout syndrome for a duration of 2 weeks to a month. The number of sick days caused by burnout has been increasing for years. In 2022, an average of 1.95 sick days were caused by burnout
World Health Organization (WHO) research: The World Health Organization investigated the effects of mental health on workplace productivity. Their study shows that a $1 investment in effective employee mental health management programs can return $4 to $5 in reduced sick leave costs and increased productivity.
Harvard Business Review Research: Harvard Business Review published a study that looked at the return on investment of programs to improve mental health in the workplace. Their results show that companies that invested in these programs achieved increased productivity, reduced employee turnover and a better reputation as an employer.
Lancet Psychiatry research: A study published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry analyzed the effects of workplace mental health programs. The results showed that every dollar invested in the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in the workplace yielded an average return on investment of $4 in improved productivity and reduced sick leave.
PwC Research: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducted research on the economic impact of mental health on business. Their findings indicate that investment in mental health programs can yield a return on investment of $2.3 to $6.0 per dollar invested, depending on specific initiatives and industry.
These studies clearly show that investing in the mental health of employees brings concrete financial and business benefits. Companies that are aware of the importance of mental health and invest in support programs create healthier, more productive and sustainable work environments.