Mental Health As Serious Business

Mental health is not only about being in the good sense of being sane, but it includes our emotional, physical, psychological, and social well-being. It is inclusive of everything we do, and how we act, feel or react. Mental health is important at all ages for everyone be it a child, teenager, adult, or even an old-aged person.
Often considered the same mental condition & mental health are not the same, A person with a mental condition or illness can experience periods of mental well-being, likewise, a person can be experiencing poor mental health but not be diagnosed with any mental condition or illness.

Importance Of Mental Health

Mental health is as important as physical health, often more important than the latter one. Mental conditions like depression, and anxiety give rise to heart- disease, stroke, & various chronic diseases. It is also important to understand that a person’s mental health can change with time. When the demands placed on a person exceed their resources and coping abilities, their mental health could be impacted. For example, if someone is working long hours at work without appreciation or motivation they may experience poor mental health.

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Discussion On Mental Health Is Equally Important

Discussion on mental health is as important as taking care of it. There is still a taboo around the discussion of Mental Health. Positive mental health is important because it allows us to cope with challenges and setbacks in our lives both at work and at home. Having good mental health allows us to have emotional sanity within ourselves. We can explain & express ourselves much better, it gives us the capability to have basic cognitive & social skills.

Factors At Work Affecting Mental Health-

Health & Safety Policies

Employees’ health at the workplace can be affected negatively because of inadequate health & safety policies. While deciding on the health policies & safety policies it is important to check that employees are not working with poorly maintained equipment, and the workplace is not overcrowded or unsanitary. The complaints & grievances of the employees are answered timely. As poor policies at the workplace would cause bad mental health for the employees resulting in low employee stability, growth & reduced profits in return.

Faulty Management Practices

Open & unbiased communication & management practices & policies are the identification of good management & employee relations. On the other hand, poor communication practice leads to stress & anxiety building up among employees creating poor mental health in the workplace. To maintain a healthy & growing work environment good communication practice is of utmost essential.

No Support From Management

Generally, stern managers who don’t listen or communicate with/her team about the issues faced at the workplace or help them remove hindrances faced at work, or share resources with the employees may end up leading an unmotivated & stressed team. For example, instead of expecting employees to solve tasks that they’re unsure about, managers should demonstrate how to complete them and stay available for questions.

Pressure Of Performance

Always expecting employees to perform at levels par excellence gives an unnecessary burden on the employees increasing their stress, workload, and emotional exhaustion.

Unsure Of Job

The pandemic has given rise to a feeling of job risk among the employees largely in such a situation the onus falls on the employer to create policies & environment at work that help employees feel safe & secure about their job & income contributing to a reduction in the mental stress.

Consequences of Poor Mental Health At Work

Lower Engagement With Work

When employees are struggling with stress & workload at the workplace it leads the employees to overthink & wander in their thoughts which reduces their focus & engagement with work.

Lower Productivity & Performance

An employee needs to have mental & physical well being to be efficient with his performance at work, any stress, or overload, leads to hindrances in the equilibrium between the physical and mental health which is important for employees to do any kind of work to their full potential be it physical, skilled, or creative.

Unclear Communications

When we are not in the right state of mind it is very difficult to communicate clearly what we are feeling or thinking. Often we end up overreacting which can be highly misinterpreted at the workplace as aggressive tone or behavior or even preceded as a negative attitude towards work.

Not Taking Right Decisions

Poor mental health will lead to impulsive decisions often not the best for you, which leads to often delaying commitments or targets in turn leading to lower productivity.

Lastly, to promote & take care of the mental health of employees at the workplace, employers can take a few steps like creating more relaxation & recreation spaces within the workspace and providing adequate breaks to relax. Employers should arrange for wellness programs within the organization helping employees to maintain a balance between work & personal life and many more activities and policies can be undertaken by the company ie it focuses on ensuring mental well-being along with the physical well-being of its employees.

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