Millions of work days per year are lost to mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression. And the cost to labor productivity in Japan of mental health issues is estimated in the trillions of yen, while in 2008 the costs of depression to business in Japan were calculated at nearly ¥800 billion. And depression-related suicide costs over ¥285 billion.
A mentally healthy workforce is linked to lower medical costs, as well as less absenteeism and presenteeism. And a mentally unhealthy workforce is associated with increased loss of productivity. More than 26 percent of businesses surveyed in 2014 by the Health Ministry said they had cases of workers resigning or taking leave of more than one month for mental health reasons. This was up from just 7.6 percent in a survey conducted three years before. The bulk of those businesses, or 84 percent of respondents, said problems of mental health affected their business performance negatively.
The high cost of mental illness can be mitigated through timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In addition, appropriate workplace and psychiatric management can be of significant benefit in reducing the occupational impact of these disorders and can greatly improve employees’ overall mental health and workplace productivity.
In response to the Japanese government’s December 2015 directive that organizations offer annual stress tests to employees, TELL helps companies increase employee and manager awareness of stress-related mental health issues and the impact they can have on personal well-being and organizational productivity.
The TELL Stress Check Management Program can:
- Administer a stress assessment to all employees in either English or Japanese as mandated by the government
- Confidentially provide employees with the results of their stress assessments, with a guide to “next steps”, including consultation with professionally trained and licensed therapists
- Provide a post-stress test counseling session with a professionally trained, licensed therapist to those employees who request it
- Help employees identify the warning signs of an “imbalanced” work-home lifestyle
- Help employees understand how to manage work-related stress through lifestyle choices
- Help employees understand how to set goals and manage priorities, both at home and work
- Help employees maintain boundaries between work and personal lives
- Improve managers’ perceptions and understanding of what employees may require support and help
- Help managers understand the value of focusing on employees’ well-being through increased productivity, decreased absenteeism/presenteeism, greater employee retention and reduced medical costs to the organization
- Provide managers with tools to understand and support their colleagues’ wellbeing
For more information about the TELL Stress Check Management Program, please contact Director of Clinical Services Billy Cleary via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via telephone on 03-4550-1146.