mental health in the workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

Your career is an integral part of your self-esteem, but toxic working environments frequently lead to burnout and chronic stress. Mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD can make it more challenging for you to do your job, especially if your employer is not supportive or willing to accommodate you.

Work-Related Barriers to Mental Health

Many mental health risk factors could be present in your workplace. For example, you may have the skills to complete your tasks, but struggle to do so amid all the distractions and stressors of a traditional office environment. Or, perhaps you are uncomfortable telling people you have a mental illness for fear of facing stigma. In that case, the amount of masking required to hide your symptoms and pretend everything is OK can leave you exhausted by the end of most workdays.

Some high-pressure jobs, such as attorneys, first responders, and military service members, carry an extra burden of stress, which can cause or worsen mental health conditions or lead to a reliance on drugs and alcohol. A lack of teamwork or genuine friendships in the workplace may make you feel isolated, which will compound the problem.

How to Create a Healthier Work Environment

Over time, work-related mental health issues can cost employers thousands in reduced productivity, low morale, and increased staff turnover. Unfortunately, many business leaders lack the foresight to make their workplaces more tolerant and welcoming to people with different needs and abilities. If you are a decision-maker for your company, here are some things you can do to set yourself apart and create an accepting environment.  

Offer Free Counseling and Screenings

Having easy access to mental health services can be invaluable for people who might not seek help otherwise. Issues like depression might make the idea of going to a doctor or therapist seem overwhelming, but if your team members can get confidential counseling at work, they might be more likely to do so.

Cancel Non-Essential Meetings

Some meetings are necessary to communicate beneficial information or brainstorm ideas. However, others are merely busywork. Giving employees more time back in their day will reduce stress.  

Allow Team Members to Work Remotely

A willingness to embrace hybrid and fully remote options is a hallmark of a progressive-minded employer. Your employees might find they are more productive when they have the flexibility to work part-time or full-time from home. In implementing this policy, you’ll also send the message that you respect people’s work-life balance.  

Have an Open-Door Policy

Let your team know they should feel comfortable coming to you at any time and for any reason. Encourage a healthy dialogue and give positive recognition where it’s due.

Address a Toxic Dynamic

If your workplace has a lot of infighting, gossiping, and mistrust, don’t try to sweep these problems under the rug. Proactively focus on solving them.

Set a Positive Example

Regularly take days off to focus on healthy self-care activities, and encourage employees to do the same. You might even want to consider giving people a mental health day off every month or so, and make sure it does not count against their vacation or sick leave.

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