MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

Long hours, Heavy workload, Changes within the organisation, Tight deadlines, Job insecurity, Lack of autonomy, Boring work, Insufficient skills for the job, Over-supervision, inconducive working environment, Lack of proper resources or equipment, Few promotional opportunities, Harassment, Discrimination, Conflict with colleagues and bosses or Crisis incidents, like a mishap at workplace that caused a grievous bodily harm or death, are just a few factors that could cause work-related stress.

Mental Health Stability in the workplace is a growing problem around the world that directly affects not only the productivity of organisations, but the health and well-being of employees. Work-related stress that isn’t treated eventually progresses to be mentally draining.

Work-related stress can be physical, psychological and behavioural. Work-related stress is a common illness and causes a lot of injuries overtime if not treated on time and may lead to musculoskeletal disorders.

Symptoms that may indicate that you’re mentally stressed at work? They could be physical, psychological and behavioural, like

  • a drop in work performance
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • sleeping difficulties.
  • fatigue
  • muscular tension
  • feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope
  • cognitive difficulties, like a reduced ability to concentrate or make decisions.

It is important for employers to recognise work-related stress as a significant health and safety issue. A company can and should take the following steps to ensure that employees are not subjected to unnecessary stress.

  • Making sure all employees undergo induction and on-the-job training for that specific role.
  • Discussing issues and grievances with employees and taking appropriate action when possible.
  • Devise a stress management policy in consultation with the employees.
  • Encourage an environment where employees have more say over their duties, promotional prospects and safety.
  • Have a human resources manager.
  • Cut down on the need for overtime by reorganising duties and evaluating if they need extra staff.
  • Seek advice from health professionals, if necessary

How to deal with stress at work?

Talk to someone at work about how you feel, have a face-to-face conversation with your Human resources manager, See your doctor and go for regular check-ups.

Need to speak to a Psychologist? Call Healthboxes on 09091111129 or 08097560000.

References

www.forbes.com/sites/sungardas/2014/07/15/stress-on-the-job-5-ways-you-are-mentally-sabotaging-yourself/amp/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/nurturing-self-compassion/201704/mental-health-in-the-workplace

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/work-related-stress

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/stressed-or-depressed-know-difference

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