Is your workplace making your mentally unhealthy?
ABC Health (Australia) reports;
- Half of employees believe their workplace is mentally unhealthy.
- Factors can contribute include: problems with the job itself,difficult relationships with colleagues or managers, organisational factors, thier issues happening in the employee’s life individual factors, such as personality, coping style and level of resilience.
- Mental illness costs to the economy are the leading reason for absenteeism, with one in five taking time off due to mental health issues in the past year (editor note: Australian stats).
Ingrid Ozols, managing director of MentalHealth@Work (a provider of workplace mental health education, training and strategic program development) says presenteeism, when people go to work despite being injured or unwell, also hurts business’s bottom line.
Presenteeism is when the lights are on but no-one is home. Someone is staring at the computer but on autopilot. It is hard to observe and quantify but is a great burden to workplaces of all shapes and sizes,” she says.
But it’s not a simple equation of a problematic workplace damaging staff mental health. Dr Sam Harvey, consultant psychiatrist and head of the Workplace Mental Health Research Group (a partnership between The Black Dog Institute and UNSW), says “workplace mental health is a complex interaction between individuals, their coping and resilience skills, and their jobs.
Many people work in stressful situations and they don’t get unwell. We are only now starting to look at what it is about their resilience and coping mechanisms.
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