How Mental Health determine your productivity?
Updated: Jul 28
A negative working environment may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity. Workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains.
According to the World Health Organization, there are plenty of ways Mental Health Determines Your Productivity
Each day we wake, we are faced with new challenges and the only thing that holds us is our strength to survive through the struggles of life. But does life have to be a struggle? Mental health experts say that a person’s mental health can definitely play a huge role as a determining factor, that can affect one’s productivity.
According to World Health Organization, there is an estimate of 264 million people who daily suffer from depression due to disability or even anxiety, and it is costing the global economy a whopping $1 trillion due to loss of productivity.
Risks to mental health include:
● Inadequate health and safety policies;
● Poor communication and management practices;
● Limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work;
● Low levels of support for employees;
● Inflexible working hours
● Unclear tasks or organizational objectives.
Plenty of factors that comes into play when productivity at the workplace comes into the table of discussions. Take for instance work. Work, in general, is a good way to increase one’s self-confidence and self-worth.
Whatever the job may be, it helps a person’s mental health to maintain a certain level of productivity. However, a worker’s mood may also be affected by his or her working environment. A negative or unsafe working environment can lead to physical injuries or serious mental health problems. Fear, agitation, pressure and a toxic working environment can ruin one’s mood, train of thought and “Gana” to perform.
Another factor that can affect one’s productivity at work is energy in the workplace. Though unfortunate, it remains that harassment has a huge effect when it comes to a person’s productivity. There are times when depression can become so severe that a person’s routine becomes affected. Severe depression can demand more than just counselling. Psychiatry can help when it comes to treating severe depression but for those who do not wish to take scripts, one can simply talk to someone who is a professional in the field of psychology.
One may not necessarily have to run to a professional for help. A few tips can be observed to save one from grief, despair or depression when having to deal with either toxic people or a toxic workplace, and the following are:
1. Set achievable goals.
2. Talk about your day.
3. Set boundaries for ‘me time.’
4. Cut out time-wasters.
5. Get your steps up.
6. Be flexible.
7. Take your breaks.
8. Stay focused.
In closing, mental health interventions should be delivered as part of integrated health and well-being strategy that covers prevention, early identification, support and rehabilitation. Occupational health services or professionals may support organizations in implementing these interventions where they are available, but even when they are not, several changes can be made that may protect and promote mental health. Key to success is involving stakeholders and staff at all levels when providing protection, promotion and support interventions and when monitoring their effectiveness.