Employees who are stressed or unhappy due to problems with either their professional or personal lives are likely to be far less productive and engaged than other, healthier team members.
This is a big part of the reason why many organisations choose to put in place corporate health plans, in order to ensure employees have access to the support and information they need.
Corporate health plans are valuable all year round, however they may be even more important at this time of year when the weather becomes colder and moods generally drop.
According to researchers from San Diego State University, there may be a strong connection between seasonal changes and mental health.
The research team analysed Google search results from both Australia and the US and found that the number of search queries related to mental health issues increased significantly during winter.
Searches related to bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, anxiety and even suicide all decreased by between seven and 31 per cent during summer, according to the study.
One of the authors of the study, psychiatrist James Niels Rosenquist, says that the consistency of the results was surprising.
"The results consistently showed seasonal effects across all conditions – even after adjusting for media trends," said Mr Rosenquist in a statement released March 9.
Winter can also be detrimental to the health of your employees for a variety of other reasons. That is why it a good idea to have business health insurance in place at this time of year.