The workplace is a crucial setting for interventions to promote positive mental health. A large proportion of us spend a great deal of our lives in work, meaning its impact on our own and our wider social networks’ mental health cannot be underestimated. Both voluntary and paid employment can give people a feeling of worth and is a key setting for the development of relationships and social networks.
Unfortunately, we are living in a chaotic world, and many of us don’t work in a peaceful environment. We are under a lot of stress and experience stressful situations on a daily basis. This can severely affect your performance at work and even change your personal life.
Work should stimulate you and engage you in different projects with interesting people, but the reality is entirely different. Considering that a lot of individuals spend the majority of their time at work, it is essential to provide them comfortable setting. We understand that stress and anxiety go together with a job position, but there are other ways how employees can be stimulated.
So far, we have worked with many companies in providing useful advice and how to overcome stressful situations and protect the mental health of their workers. If you want to have a productive business, then you need to think about the people who are working for you.
However, while work can be stimulating, many jobs are still characterized by repetitive, monotonous tasks that can lead to low morale and low job satisfaction. Although we all benefit from a certain level of stress, when this becomes excessive it has an extremely negative impact on the health, and mental health of employees, and often of their families.
Mental health problems affecting the workforce are now estimated to cost UK employers around £26 billion each year, which equates to an average of £1,035 for each employee¹. A total of 12.8 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety in 2004 -05².
The financial implications of poor mental health are also significant for the individual. The reduction of income due to people being out of work can lead to increased social isolation and a loss of networks and support structures. Being out of work is strongly linked to low self-esteem and poor health, both physical and mental.