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How to Make Mental Health a Priority in Your Workplace

October 25th, 2019

An estimated 1 in 5 people in the office suffer from a mental illness, whether it’s anxiety, substance abuse, depression, or attention deficit disorder. Think about it in terms of a meeting or even around the lunch table. You or your co-workers are likely struggling with something that due to stigmas and expectations remains unspoken.  

 

Importance of Mental Health

Mental illness can be underestimated because you can’t see noticeable signs and symptoms like you do with a physical ailment. Even the person dealing with the illness may misinterpret what they’re feeling and not fully understand. The longer they go undiagnosed and untreated, the worse they can become.  

What starts as something in the brain can manifest as physical symptoms as well. If left unchecked, anxiety can lead to headaches, fatigue, chest pain, stomach cramping, and more. Failure to make mental health a priority in your workplace can lead to worsening issues for your team.  

Personal Problems

Outside of its effect in the workplace, it’s important to discuss the impact on the person. Every area of their life can be affected by worsening side effects the longer it goes untreated. While you care about your team and your bottom line, you always need to think about the effects of your environment on your team and stay aware of what they’re going through.  

Burnout

The harder someone is pushed, whether it’s an internal or external driver, the closer they get to becoming burnt out. For most people, there’s a bubble that will eventually pop if blown too big. Desiring results is good, but it should never be at the risk of someone’s health. As an employer, it’s your job to keep your culture results-focused without pushing relentless demands onto employees.  

Low Retention

Eventually, an employee might have enough with the office environment and leave. If this continues to happen, it could be a good sign that something isn’t right with your business. It’s a balance between working hard but not overworking.  

Set the Expectation

Since you’re in charge, it’s your role to set the pace and expectations for the office. If you promote a culture of staying late and desiring perfection in everything, your people will suffer. The key is to encourage, motivate, and support work-life balance. Even though it’s not as aggressive, you’ll be surprised to see how hard your team will work within their own limits.  

 

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