A toxic work culture can discourage people from giving their best, affecting performance. A healthy workforce is always more productive, engaged and resilient. This is why giving due importance to the mental health of employees while reaching out for goals and targets, is important for a positive work culture. You should notice certain signs that suggest your workplace values mental health.
Health Shots reached out to Dr Rahul Rai Kakkar, Consultant – Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Gurugram, to know more about healthy workplace.
Mental health issues at workplace
Work-related stress can bother anyone. With high workload, pressure to meet targets and long working hours, it can lead to stress, affecting mental well-being. Here are some more health issues that an unhealthy work environment can lead to:
Prolonged exposure to intense stress and exhaustion can result in burnout, characterised by emotional exhaustion and reduced performance, says the expert.
2. Anxiety and depression
Workplace factors, such as a toxic work culture or lack of support, might contribute to the development of anxiety and depression.
3. Workplace bullying
Some people do become victims of office harassment or bullying at work. This can have severe effects on the person’s mental health.
4. Isolation and loneliness
Feeling disconnected from colleagues or excluded from the work community can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
5. Uncertain job security
Fear of job loss or unstable employment conditions can also cause anxiety and stress in some people.
6. Lack of work-life balance
Balancing personal and professional life becomes challenging, affecting overall mental well-being.
Why mental health at workplace is importance
It is crucial for management to prioritise employees’ mental health. Dr Kakkar says that focusing on mental health fosters a positive work culture, reduces absenteeism and enhances job satisfaction. By addressing mental health concerns, management demonstrates care for their employees’ well-being. This in turn boosts morale and loyalty, leading to improved retention rates and less job hopping. Also, investing in mental health initiatives can help to prevent burnout, stress-related issues, and potential conflicts, creating a more harmonious and thriving workplace.
Signs that your workplace values mental health
1. Encourages open communication
Management fosters an environment where employees can discuss mental health without fear of stigma or repercussions.
2. Offers mental health resources
The office provides access to counselling, support groups or workshops to assist employees in managing their mental well-being.
3. Flexible work arrangements
The office allows flexible schedules and remote work options, accommodating individual needs and promoting work-life balance, says the expert.
4. Promotes work breaks
Regular breaks are encouraged to prevent burnout and increase productivity, but that doesn’t mean you stay out drinking tea or smoking cigarettes all the time.
5. Recognises achievements and efforts
Employees’ accomplishments are acknowledged by the management. This helps to boost their self esteem and motivation.
6. Anti-discrimination policies
The office has clear policies against discrimination based on mental health conditions, ensuring a safe and inclusive environment.
7. Mental health training
Management provides training to raise awareness and equip staff with skills to support colleagues facing mental health challenges.
8. Employee assistance programs
The office offers such programs to provide confidential support and resources for employees in times of distress, says Dr Kakkar.
Now that you know certain signs, try your best to find a workplace that upholds your emotional wellness while letting you thrive professionally.