Attending to Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace

Attending to Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace

Normalizing discussions of mental health in the workplace has increased over the last 10–15 years as the stigma of seeing a mental health practitioner has decreased. Although this statement cannot be generalized to all workplaces, employers in-general have concerns about employee productivity, absenteeism, demeanor, and overall participation as a contributor. A constellation of these behaviors may be a signal of mental health distress or other distractors from the employee’s personal life. Of course, behaviors that overall reduce productivity are financial costs to the organization.

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The Historic Pervasiveness of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Normalizing discussions of mental health in the workplace has increased over the last 10–15 years as the stigma of seeing a mental health practitioner has also decreased. Although this statement cannot be generalized to all workplaces, employers in-general have concerns about employee productivity, absenteeism, demeanor, and overall participation as a contributor. A constellation of these behaviors may be a signal of mental health distress or other distractors from the employee’s personal life. Of course, behaviors that overall reduce productivity are financial costs to the organization.

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Recognizing Mental Health Stressors in the Workplace

Have you had the following thoughts or shared these sentiments with friends and family?

  • My job is extremely stressful.
  • The yelling in the workplace causes me stress.
  • Work gives me headaches.
  • I don’t think my supervisor has any idea about how demanding s/he can be.

Job or workplace stress is regularly used to describe how one feels at the end of the day.  Though many of us do not punch time clocks any more, we may still feel the pressure of more complicated assignments, the challenge of working on teams, or what we consider excessive demands that may keep us at work beyond the typical workday.

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