Building sustainable businesses and tackling stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues in the workplace are two different projects. Business practices that are good for the environment are often good for employee well-being and mental health.
The next pressing work place issue is economy.
Climate change and mental health were studied by the American psychology association. Climate change and its effects can result in an increased sense of loss, according to the study. Climate anxiety is a source of stress for more than half of young adults. Eco- anxiety is becoming a workplace issue.
A study by the World Economic Forum found that more than half of employees leave their jobs to join organizations aligned with their values. Many employees on the move are concerned with the issue of sustainable living. A majority of employees think that companies with sustainable practices are more attractive to work for. According to these findings, making sustainable part of one’s core business proposition may be good for employee well-being and business.
It’s important for employees to work for organizations that embrace their values and are sustainable. Taking action on climate change seems to hold the potential to mitigate eco- anxiety and reduce employee stress, as shown by the evidence.
Employable mental health and remote work.
One thing is saying you support sustainable practices. It’s one thing to walk your talk in everything you do. There are small steps that can help. With more employees holding leaders accountable, walking one’s talk will likely take more. It is possible to assess the environmental and health benefits of embracing some form of remote and hybrid work.
There are many benefits to remote and hybrid work. More sustainable businesses can be built with the help of remote and hybrid work. It is possible to reduce an organization’s carbon footprint by moving to a smaller office. Habit changes like replacing take-out meals with home-cooked ones can reduce waste. While it is important to acknowledge that working at home does come with its own environmental impacts, especially if employees replace daily work commute with different types of travel, the move from on-site to remote and hybrid work generally promotessustainability. This is only one of the benefits.
Hundreds of studies have been done on the psychological effects of remote and hybrid work during the Pandemic. Some studies have come up with different conclusions. The option to work from home reduces stress and anxiety. It is possible that remote and hybrid may not just help organizations reach net-zero standards more quickly but also reduce workplace stress and anxiety.
When presented as options, remote or hybrid work seems to be a powerful way to tackle two growing workplace concerns: the need to build more sustainable businesses and tackle mental health issues. There is reason to believe that embracing sustainable practices is good for employee recruitment and retention as well as good for business.
Dr.Preston is the founder and CEO of AIM Leadership.