Being a human is demanding. We need to work in order to finance our needs and it’s easy to forget about you.
Mental health in the workplace is something that shouldn’t be ignored but isn’t hard to overlook. Everyone handles the pressures of life differently, so comparing yourself to someone else in the same role as you isn’t a good idea. You need to be open minded about the impact of your employment on your mental health and take steps if necessary.
Stress is a significant trigger of mental illness in the work environment. Over 42% of employees are experiencing this in one way or another according to a report by Beneden. Common underlying causes included increased workload, financial concerns and workplace bullying.
As mental health in the workplace has become more recognised, companies have implemented different ways of trying to help their employees manage work in a healthier way. These include:
– Time Management Training
– Quiet Areas
– Anti-Bullying Policies
– Pension Schemes
Make use of the resources that are available to you at work. Report incidents so procedures can be put in place to avoid them in future, and be organised. Being organised physically can help you organise your thoughts mentally.
You should feel valued at work. You should feel like you can express that you’re having a hard time and need to take a time out. Be sure to connect with your HR manager to see if they have anything in place for when you feel like your mental health is declining. Maybe you could work remotely for a while or take some time off.
The pressure of the demanding work culture that keeps the wheels of life turning can result in employees burning out. This could make your stress levels even worse and doesn’t help anyone. Be kind to yourself. Give yourself time to refresh and increase your productivity in a healthy way.
T K Williams-Nelson
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