|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? It turns out it is very important for many different reasons. This article will explore the research on how workplace stress or psychological concerns can impact on an employee as well as some strategies and options to avoid workplace burn out.
What the Research Says
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 the available mental health services report lower levels of stress leading to a reduction in tardiness, termination and injury.
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"Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life." ~ Dolly Parton
If you are currently employed by yourself or by an employer, ask yourself these questions:
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.
Ways to Enhance Your Well-being At Work
What steps can you take to improve your psychological health in the workplace? Good question! First, you 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 this 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 your colleagues to share their strategies of self-care.
Here are some tips to get you started:
What are some ways you can take care of yourself at work? Share in the comments below!
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