Workplace Depression And How To Help Your Colleagues read
Feb 16 2021144 Views
Mental health plays an important role not only in our personal lives but in our professional lives as well. Most adults spend much of their day in an office, so it is important to keep mental and emotional well-being in check. Poor mental health can have an impact on the decision-making process and socializing abilities. It can also lead to workplace depression.
What is Workplace Depression?
When you are unable to get out of bed to go to work, motivate yourself to work on the task at hand or dreading being in office, you might be dealing with workplace depression. When ignored or left untreated, workplace depression can impact productivity, relation with colleagues and time management. Employers need to play a significant role in providing the right kind of support and providing access to proper mental health care in case someone is suffering from workplace depression.
Causes for Workplace Depression
These are some of the reasons an individual may be suffering from workplace depression:
- Workplace bullying severely lowers a person’s confidence
- Inadequate pay → stress → depression
- Wrong fit for the job
- Meeting unrealistic demands under unreasonable deadlines
- No job satisfaction and a sense of feeling trapped
How Can You Help Your Colleague(s) Tackle Workplace Depression?
#1 Create Awareness
A must in every workplace is to create enough mental health awareness. Creating a warm and welcoming environment is vital for the proper functioning and betterment of the company. Bring in initiatives and activities can be taken up that help to promote mental and emotional well-being in the workplace.
#2 Open Door Policy
Superiors should enforce the ‘open-door policy’. It means that the door is always open for teammates and subordinates to come in and share their doubts, stresses and worries. Every head of the department wants the team to perform to the best of their abilities. If someone happens to be suffering from workplace depression, it is better to maintain that communication so that the right steps can be taken to improve the workplace environment.
#3 Time Off
Every employee deserves to take a break from their job. Time off every year should be made mandatory where the individual can finally focus on other commitments and take of their mental health. Colleagues should help each other to take that much-needed time off. Even company off-sites and one-day trips help to keep the morale level at a high.
Workplace depression is very real and is a big problem today. Mental health is imperative if you want an individual to bring out their best at work and be as productive as possible.
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