Talking about Mental Health at work creates a healthy environment at the workplace where every person working can open up about their concerns and can feel understood.
Talking about mental health at work improves the relationship between the employees and the employer as it provides the manager or the employer with feedback on how to manage their employees and their workload, when to tone down work and when to provide support to get the best out of them. It also forms a bond between members and provides a feeling of belongingness for employees with and without mental illnesses.
According to recent mental health workplace statistics, over 36% of employees in India have reported experiencing mental health issues over the past year. Moreover, more than 50% are worried about an uncertain future caused due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. According to another survey conducted by Oracle’s 2020 AI@ Work-Study, 92% of employees in India have reported feeling more comfortable talking about mental issues with a bot over their manager.
A prevalent stigma around mental health can be seen here which exacerbates every time people are experiencing some mental unrest or illness within, but don’t end up talking about it out of fear of judgement.
A common reason why people refrain from talking about their mental health at the workplace is due to the fear of being judged as weak, so they end up suppressing what they’re feeling. This could be largely due to an unhealthy environment at the office which eventually builds up into more mental tension and stress, causing a decrease in the productivity levels of the whole team. This is the cost the company, the employer and the employee all have to bear together. Not addressing mental health can lead to relationship problems and a toxic environment at the workplace.
How to talk about mental health in the workplace?
Talking about Mental Health in the Workplace is the first step to remove any existing stigma and extend support to your team. A workplace that has its foundation based on healthy communication and understanding will yield better productivity and workplace satisfaction in the long run.
If keeping a check on your employees and co-worker’s mental health can’t be done due to time constraints, scheduling regular checkups can be another way to ensure your team’s mental wellbeing. It is imperative to keep a check on mental wellbeing both for you and your colleagues at the workplace. After all, a company where the needs of the employees are met is where work satisfaction and productivity levels will rise rapidly, leading to a successful organization. Self-management with the help of curated content for mental wellbeing also helps to improve your quality of life.