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Mental Heath in the Workplace


May is Mental Health Awareness Month. At MSCU, we take mental health in the workplace very seriously. We believe in achieving a work-life balance and strive to create a safe working environment for our employees.

The ideal workplace provides a safe environment where employees can do their jobs without fear or intimidation. Unfortunately, though, this is not always the case. Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in the workplace, with employees experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout regularly. Let’s take a closer look at mental health in the workplace.

How mental health issues affect businesses and employees

Mental health in the workplace is essential for the ongoing success of the business and the employee. 

First, mental health affects productivity. When employees are experiencing mental health issues, their efficiency and output decrease. It’s hard to give it your all when you’re feeling anxious, depressed, or stressed. This, in turn, can lead to a decrease in revenue for the business. 

Additionally, mental health issues can lead to absenteeism and presenteeism. Absenteeism, in which employees miss full or partial days at work, means they’re putting in less time in the office and likely falling behind. Presenteeism, when employees show up but are not fully engaged in their work,   can lead to decreased productivity. 

Finally, mental health issues in the workplace can hurt employee morale. This can lead to a high turnover rate, which can be costly and inconvenient for the business. It can also cause friction between employees and their co-workers and between employees and their employers. 

Conversely, workplaces prioritizing mental health create an environment where employees feel valued, supported, and safe. This can increase productivity and profits and improve job satisfaction, employee loyalty, and a positive work culture.

Tips for ensuring continued mental health in the workplace

Here’s how to ensure your workplace is not neglecting the crucial need for vital mental health wellness:

  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance. All work and no life make for a very stressed-out employee. Be sure to carve out time for your hobbies and interests and set boundaries between work and personal life.
  • Take breaks throughout the workday. Don’t let the workday drag on and on. Taking short breaks will increase your productivity and make the day less stressful.
  • Practice good time management. Prioritizing tasks and managing your time effectively can help reduce stress and increase productivity. Use a planning app to stay on top of your tasks and avoid leaving things for the last minute. Nothing says “stress” like a giant looming work deadline with little to show for it.
  • Get support when needed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support when needed. Talk to a trusted coworker, supervisor, or mental health professional if you’re experiencing debilitating stress or anxiety in the workplace.
  • Push for a supportive work environment. If you’re in management, create a supportive and inclusive workplace culture. Encourage open communication, provide resources for mental health support, and prioritize employee well-being. If you cannot make these things happen, speak to someone at your workplace who is. 

Maintaining your mental health while in the workplace is crucial to your ongoing productivity and success. The tips outlined here can help you keep your emotional well-being in good shape at work.

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