5 Keys to Prevent Mental Health Problems in the Workplace

By Elif Çalışkan

Everyone deserves a respected and productive workplace but achieving those are particularly hard for people with mental health problems (Gabriel & Liimatainen, 2000). However, people may encounter some difficult life events and mental health problems in the workplace. (anger, stress, anxiety, panic attack, etc.) Moreover, the problems sometimes affect people’s workplace life negatively. So, it is important to cope with and prevent some of them before developing. We will explain 5 keys to prevent mental health problems in the workplace.

Encouraging Employees

Firstly, a healthy workplace contributes to the employee’s and employers’ working environment by protecting their health, safety, and well-being. Also, employers should encourage the strengths of employees rather than their weaknesses. They should address their mental health problems regardless of their causes. Likewise, employees can protect their mental health by reducing work-related risk factors. On the other hand, they can develop positive views about their jobs and colleagues (World Health Organization, 2019).

Being in a Teamwork

Being successful and flexible in a team is important if there is a competitive global job market. That’s why effective communication is the most important part of teamwork. It also involves constantly updating with each other. So, team members should understand the strengths and weaknesses of each team member. If employers help each other as well as work together, they can also improve their professional careers and performances. To sum up, it will lead to more productive and collaborative works (Deakin C, 2016).

Having a Satisfactory Job

Satisfied employees are not just permanent employees. Also, they represent the company internally and externally because happy employees are more loyal to the company and its goals. Similarly, they can give the extra mile to achieve the goals and take pride in their jobs, their teams, and their achievements. Furthermore, it is important to perceive the company in a positive light in their early days of employment for employees’ ongoing positive perceptions (Bathena, 2018).

 Having Adequate Sleep

One way to provide maximum productivity for employees is to encourage them to have adequate sleep because sleep deprivation can impair the employees’ concentration levels and the ability to make proper decisions. Also, it can cause deteriorating health among employees. They may take off days to rest because of some mental health problems. Such as insomnia, narcolepsy, etc. Also, people who are deprived of enough sleep are generally moody and irritable at the workplace. So, having adequate sleep is an important factor for mental health (Edwards, 2019).

Providing Workplace Psychology Trainings 

It is important to help the employees to take control of their mental health. As a result, they can learn effective techniques, and coping mechanisms to conduct their stress and general mental well-being. Also, recent discoveries in neuroscience, health, and wellness initiatives recommend that general management and HR practices to cope with mental health problems. In addition, those techniques maximize their working experiences, motivations, and satisfactions. In conclusion, the strategies can provide a more positive view of employees’ daily life (Koppes, 2014).

References

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Edwards, J. (2019, January 3). SLEEP AND ITS IMPACT ON THE MODERN-DAY WORKPLACE.

Gabriel, P., & Liimatainen, M. R. (2000). Mental health in the workplace: introduction, executive summaries.

Koppes, L. L. (Ed.). (2014). Historical perspectives in industrial and organizational psychology. Psychology Press.

World Health Organization. (2019, May). Creating a healthy workplace.