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Mental Health in the Workplace | How Workplace Stress Affects Us

Workplace stress can have overwhelming effects on our physical and mental health both in the short- and long-term.  In this video, I discuss why it's such a problem, why people don't seek help, what people try and why it doesn't work, as well as suggestions on things that can be done that DO work! Why does it matter? - More than 300 million people suffer from depression.  It is the leading reason why workers go on disability - One of the most expensive health conditions that workers suffer from -    - direct costs - medication, absenteeism, presenteeism, and doctor's visits   - indirect costs - obesity, arthritis, neck and back pain

- Factors that contribute to mental health problems:

1) Inflexible work schedules

2) Lack of support from management

3) Lack of clarity about work tasks or organizational objectives - deadlines, unrealistic targets, 

4) Unsafe work environments

5) work overload - too much to do for very little

Why don't people get help:

- Three in 10 people admit that they are embarrassed to talk to other people about their anxiety, depression, or workplace stress

About 60% of people whose work stress has affected their performance say they're afraid to speak to their boss about it because they're afraid of:

 - getting laughed at

 - being labeled at work

 - negatively impacting opportunities for a promotion

 - the problem going into their file

 - the problem being seen as an unwillingness to work

- Being depressed makes us feel hopeless and helpless and makes you less likely to seek another job - How people try to help themselves:    getting more sleep, drinking alcohol or using illicit drugs, smoking, exercising more, and drinking more coffee How people should be helping themselves: 1) Know the signs of the problem - identify your triggers 2) Make a to do list 3) Self - care - take breaks, drink water, personal items in office 4) Avoid workplace gossip - lowers morale and strains relationships 5) Avoid taking on too much - are you overextending? 6) Set small, manageable goals - feel less helpless 7) Get help - don't feel ashamed, HR Companies who are making a difference 1) American Express - on site health clinic for physical ailments, Healthy Minds - counselors at clinic - gotten awards 2) Barclays - "This is Me" campaign - employees share stories of mental health 3) CHG Healthcare - on-site clinic, free, alternative work schedules, flex time, and job sharing 4) Netflix - extremely flexible work schedules

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Blue Sage Counseling and Wellness, and the information provided by Ashley Francis, is solely intended for informational and entertainment purposes and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment regarding medical or mental health conditions. Although Ashley Francis is a licensed marriage and family therapist, the views expressed on this site or any related content should not be taken for medical or psychiatric advice. Always consult your physician before making any decisions related to your physical or mental health.

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