Mental Health in the Workplace
10 October 2017
Today is World Mental Health Day, a globally recognised awareness initiative organised by the World Federation for Mental Health. This year’s theme, “Mental Health in the Workplace,” addresses the value of promoting wellbeing in work settings of all kinds, from agriculture to industry, finance, government, technology, and beyond.
Mental health has a critical impact on economic development and wellbeing. Mental health issues have been shown to increase employee absenteeism, lower rates of productivity and increase costs. Annual global costs of mental health problems are estimated at 2.5 trillion U.S. dollars and expected to rise to 6 trillion U.S. dollars by 2030.
What causes job stress?
Experiencing some stress is normal. Stress releases hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. Stress can be useful when you need to focus on or finish a big project.
But too much stress or being under stress for too long isn't good for you. Constant stress can make you more likely to get sick more often. It can make chronic pain worse and can also lead to long-term health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, back problems, and depression.
Most of the time, it's the major sources of stress that lead to job burnout and health problems. Some common sources of major job stress:
- Lack of control
- Increased responsibility
- Lack of job satisfaction
- Insecurity about performance
- Uncertainty about work roles
- Poor communication
- Lack of support
- Poor working conditions (dangerous physical conditions, noise, ergonomic problems)
WHAT To do about JOB STRESS?
Employees can reduce some job stress by learning how to manage their time and their job duties. Knowing how to manage stress promotes mental wellbeing.
This material is provided for informational/educational purposes only. It's not intended as medical/clinical advice.
World Federation for Mental Health. World Mental Health Day 2017 report.