According to the recent studies of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), about 25% population see their jobs as the top stressor in their lives. As we know, large part of our day is spent at work. If that part of the day is filled with negative thoughts and stress, both the employees and the organization are likely to suffer. Everyone one of us feel stressful at work for some or the other reason. However, to sustain in that competitive environment, we end up overlooking the consequences that this stressful condition may follow. Consequently, mental disorders such as anxiety and depression cost US$ 1trillion of the global economy each year in lost productivity (Source: WHO).
What makes you feel stressed at work?
There are a number of factors such as changes in the management, heavy work load, fierce competition, pressure of tight deadlines, stressful working environment, poor relationship with colleagues and boss, discrimination, and job insecurity that can cause stress and can take a toll on your mental health.
Work stress affects the professional as well as personal life. People who are stressed at work are unproductive, distracted, and are more likely to remain absent at work. If the stressful condition is not addressed on time, be it major or minor, it can result in serious health problems. A few of them include heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, fatigue, diabetes, and obesity. The studies by NIOSH show that job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.
Stress and depression can take a toll on global economy
As per the sources, around 264 million people suffer from depression worldwide due to overstress at workplace. The more the stressful workplace, the less the productivity. The economists at the University of Warwick have discovered that happy employees are 12% more productive, while stressed and depressed workers have proved 10% less constructive.
Promoting a positive working environment
European Union Compass for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing also aims at achieving a healthy workplace. A healthy workplace is one where employees and managers together contribute to the working environment by promoting the health, safety, and well-being of all workers. It has also been proved that the brain works better when a person is feeling positive and then they can efficiently contribute towards common goals.
Implementation of policies on employee’s health
WHO's Global Plan of Action on Worker’s Health (2008-2017) and Mental Health Action Plan (2013-2030) highlight relevant principles and objectives with an aim to foster good mental health at work. Improvement of living standards and working conditions, activities to promote mental health, and increasing the access to occupational health services are some of the key strategies laid down by the WHO.
October 7, 2019
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