"Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life."
|The workplace is where many people spend a large portion of their lives, and although the working conditions and environment may be different depending on the type of work being done, the importance of maintaining workers mental health remains the same.
So... just how important is mental health in the workplace? ... Very!
Many research studies have found that employees who are negatively impacted by psychological concerns have a decrease in overall productivity and an increase in the chance of injury and absenteeism from the workplace. On the other hand, employees who practice self-care or utilize mental health services report, lower levels of stress leading to a reduction in tardiness, termination and injury.
How healthy is your own mental well-being in the workplace? Let's find out with a quick survey! *Survey submission is voluntary, unless you would like a follow-up.
Were you surprised by your answers? What stood out to you the most?
Let's explore some more... ask yourself, how many times have you have felt mentally or emotionally exhausted while on the job? Have you ever woken up in the morning before heading off to work and felt a wave of anxiety or dread wash over you? Or, has there been a time (maybe more than once) that a co-worker or supervisor acted in an inappropriate or bullying manner towards you? How did this impact you at the time? And now?
If you have an answer to any of these questions, it may be important to consider taking action to improve your well-being overall and at work. Luckily, there are actions you can take towards feeling better!
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has created the National Standard of Canada for the Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace #StandardCda (in short known as The Standard). There is also a guide to helping workplace management develop a step-by-step action plan at to increase mental health in the workplace. If your place of work does not have or adhere to a plan that recognizes the importance of a workers mental health, it might be an idea to bring it up at your next board meeting or quarterly review.
Check out a real-case example of The Standard being applied at the UBC-Okanagan Campus in Kelowna, British Columbia here and watch the video below for more information on the creation of The Standard and the recognition it has gained globally.
So what steps can you take to improve your psychological health in the workplace? Perhaps you're already taking steps to enhancing your well-being at work, which is great! You also might want to start a discussion with your coworkers, or create your own list of ways to promote and encourage mental well-being at work. Consider posting it on the communal fridge in the lunchroom, or any high traffic common area. It can be motivating to hear how others take care of themselves, and to encourage others to share their strategies with others, too.
Here are some tips to get you started:
The MHCC also hosts free monthly webinars to help promote
psychological health and safety in the workplace.
Interested in discussing your own workplace mental health concerns?
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