Mental Health at Workplace

Mental Health at Workplace

Mental disorders are a common phenomenon in the workplace nowadays. 60% of the world population is a part of the workforce. Good mental health at the workplace is necessary regarding some of the managers' responsibilities towards their employees. The elements of good mental health include feeling a sense of confidence, purpose and achievement, along with providing an opportunity to foster positive relationships and inclusion in a community. A decent workload is what organizations should adhere to when it comes to balancing out workplace mental health. A safe and healthy working environment is the bare minimum that an organization can provide to its employees. Lack of appreciation, partiality, abuse, and bullying can affect one's mental health at work and in real life. Whereas, actions of gratitude and improvising the mistakes made by employees without taking strict steps against them are some of the tact’s that can be employed to prevent ill mental health at the workplace. 

Risks to Mental Health at Work

One might go through a mental health risk at the workplace called psychosocial risk. 

Some of the risks may include the following:

  1. Under-use of skills or being under-skilled for work.
  2. Excessive workloads or work pace, understaffing.
  3. Long, unsocial or inflexible hours.
  4. Lack of control over job design or workload.
  5. Unsafe or poor physical working conditions.
  6. An organizational culture that enables negative behaviours.
  7. Limited support from colleagues or authoritarian supervision.
  8. Violence, harassment or bullying.
  9. Discrimination and exclusion.
  10. Unclear job role.
  11. Under- or over-promotion.
  12. Job insecurity, inadequate pay, or poor investment in career development; and Conflicting home/work demands.

The informal sector comes up with a need for job security when more than half of the world's population is employed in the informal sector. Hazardous working conditions, lack of access to financial and social safeguards and discrimination are some of the experiences that are detrimental to people's mental health in the workplace. 

Moreover, race, sex, orientation, immigration, disability, and social background of a person can be defining factors that can severely impact people's mental health at work.

Action for Mental Health at Work

The steps that can be taken by government and business unions that represent both employees and employers in worker health and safety to promote mental health and work include:

  • Prevent work-related mental health conditions by controlling the risks to mental health at work;
  • Protect and promote mental health at work;
  • Support workers with mental health conditions to participate and thrive in employment; and Create an enabling environment for change.

Workers having profound experience in dealing with mental health disorders should be meaningfully included in any action taken to address mental health at work.

How to Care for your Mental Health at Work

1. Switch off - Whether you're working onsite or remotely, it's essential to strike a healthy work-life balance. That means taking regular breaks throughout the day and switching off your screens when the work day is over. Instead of making yourself available 24/7 to respond to work calls, emails, or other messages, it's essential to focus on friends and family and take the time to relax, recharge, and enjoy yourself.

2. Find meaning and purpose in your work - even if you don't like your job, find something to be grateful for. Your relationship with your co-workers is something that you can cherish.

3. Try to connect and collaborate - As human beings, we crave connection. Developing mutually supportive relationships with your co-workers, collaborating as a team, and having fun together can help ease stress and bolster your mood at work. If you’re not close to your colleagues, make the effort to pool resources on projects, work closer together, and be more social during breaks and outside the workplace.

4. Build Resiliency: The more resilient you are, the better you’re able to tolerate the feelings of stress, anxiety, and hopelessness that can be generated by problems at work. Building resilience can also help you from setbacks in your career or personal life and help you maintain a positive outlook. Rather than being a macho quality, resilience is something that requires effort to build and maintain over time.

 Here, at T and T realty, to ensure a sound mental health of employees; month end meetings, periodic games and outings to ensure that employees stay enthusiastic and diligent with regard to their work throughout the year are ensured. Hence, The massive societal shifts have changed company cultures and employee perceptions of mental health. Although employers have started to invest more, employees have rightfully increased their expectations. The future of workplace mental health demands culture change — with more vulnerability, compassion and sustainable ways of working.