Mental Health in the Workplace with Margo Crawford, Productivity Coach

Mental Well-being in the Workplace

Workplaces and offices continue to evolve and change; some businesses are continuing to work in hybrid mode while others are bringing back workers to office spaces.  With these shifts, the significance of mental well-being in the workplace can’t be overstated. Mental health in the workplace shouldn’t just be an individual’s concern because it directly affects the overall success of the business. Challenges by one employee can significantly impact the team and organization as a whole. It’s crucial to put the well-being of employees as a top priority.

The Importance of Mental Health in the Workplace

Employees who experience good mental health are more likely to be engaged, creative, and resilient in the face of challenges. Neglecting mental health concerns can lead to a decrease in overall productivity, higher turnover, and more absenteeism. An increase of stress, anxiety, and burnout are becoming prevalent at work, more so after the pandemic. Identifying the challenges you face at work can help in combating them. Let’s explore the common challenges faced by employees and the importance of mental health in the workplace.

Challenges You May Face

Several factors contribute to mental health challenges in the workplace. Identifying these challenges is the first step toward creating an environment that supports mental well-being:

High Workload and Pressure: The expectation for you to constantly perform at a high level and meet tight deadlines can create chronic stress. Your increasing workload can lead to burnout and illness.  Notice the projects and workload you are currently carrying. Is it too much for one person to handle?

Lack of Work-Life Balance: If you do take time out of work do you find it challenging to disconnect from your demanding workload? Overwork leads to an imbalance between your professional and personal life. Answering emails after normal working hours and working late in the evenings along with your inability to relax can directly affect your mental health and well-being.

Mental Health Stigma: There are stigmas associated with mental health issues that prevent many employees from seeking help or discussing their struggles openly. Stress, anxiety, and burnout aren’t openly discussed or misconstrued as a weakness. Some workplaces frown on allowing employees time to seek out counseling and supportive help.

Limited Resources for Mental Health Support: Organizations may provide health benefits but often it doesn’t include adequate resources for mental health. When there are no employee assistance programs, coaching, or counseling services, it leaves employees without the support needed to thrive. Some companies strive to create environments that foster productivity and growth.

What mental health challenges do you see within your organization? How can you shift and manage your work-life balance? How can you address areas of burnout, stress, and anxiety at work? As pressure to perform builds in workplace environments, addressing mental health challenges intensifies. It’s imperative that organizations support employees in their journeys to better mental health.

Make mental health resources readily available to employees. This includes access to counseling services, workshops, and educational materials that address common mental health issues. Companies can partner with mental health professionals to provide confidential counseling sessions, creating a safe space for employees to discuss their challenges and seek guidance.

Margo Crawford is a Productivity Coach with Wave Productivity. She works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them become productive in their workplace. Contact Margo today to discuss how your organization can take part in training and coaching. [email protected]