The Relationship Between Employee Engagement and Mental Well-being

The Relationship Between Employee Engagement and Mental Well-being

  March 5, 2024

SEB Marketing Team

There’s a growing recognition of the importance of the link between employee engagement and mental well-being. However, many organizations continue to view these vital aspects of organizational health as separate entities. Here, we explore this link and the significant impact it has on workplace initiatives.

Exploring Mental Well-being

With more than 78% of employees experiencing burn out and feeling their employers could do more to prevent it, focusing on mental well-being in the workplace is a significant endeavor.

Research has shown a link between various conditions in the workplace-known as psychosocial hazards because they are related to the psychological and social conditions of the workplace rather than the physical conditions-and the harm they cause to the mental and physical health of workers. The truth is this-employee mental wellbeing is negatively impacted by overwork, work-life imbalance, supervisor/employee conflict, poor leadership, ambiguity in job requirements, harassment and perceived job control and decision latitude.

Mental well-being encompasses a spectrum of factors, including emotional, psychological, and social aspects. It plays a pivotal role in shaping the overall organizational environment and employee experiences.

When an employee experiences a lasting lack of motivation at work, or a feeling of incompetence this poor mental health can lead to decreased job satisfaction, disengagement, absenteeism and decreased productivity at work (presenteeism). On the other hand, positive mental well-being not only enhances individual engagement but also contributes to improved performance, creativity, and organizational success.

Exploring Employee Engagement

Employee engagement refers to the emotional commitment and connection employees have towards their work, organization, and goals. When an employee is engaged at work, they are more than just happy and satisfied, they are committed. This is a key driver of productivity, innovation, and retention in the workplace.

Engaged employees not only exhibit higher levels of performance and commitment but also contribute to a positive work culture, fostering collaboration, and driving organizational growth. Additionally, they are easier to work with and demonstrate a higher degree of reliability and responsibility.

Interconnection of Engagement and Mental Health

Employee engagement and mental health are intricately linked, influencing each other in a continuous feedback loop. Engaged employees are more likely to experience better mental well-being, while positive mental health promotes higher levels of engagement. To foster a healthy workplace environment, organizations would do well to incorporate strategies, such as employee recognition and options such as flexible scheduling among others, that support both employee engagement and mental well-being.

The connection between employee engagement and mental well-being is undeniable. By recognizing and prioritizing this interconnectedness, organizations can cultivate a workplace culture that nurtures the holistic well-being of its employees. Organizations committed to fostering harmony between employee engagement and mental well-being ensures a resilient and thriving workforce for the future.