Work Life Mental Health
Now is a good time to pause and reflect. Each May we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. This is the month set aside to wipe away stigma about vocalizing personal mental health challenges and issues. Employee mental health has become a workplace topic of increased focus and awareness in recent years. An employee’s mental health includes how they think, feel and act and their emotional and social well-being.
Stress and Burnout
A strong connection between mental health and work-life balance exists. Stress and job burnout are major contributors to poor mental health. A healthy work-life balance can improve your physical, emotional, and mental health. According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), depression causes an estimated 200 million lost workdays each year at the cost between $17-$44 billion to employers.
Working long hours or being under extreme stress can be easy to normalize, especially if we’ve been doing it for a long time. Our assumptions and habits around work can become deep-rooted unless we take a step back once in a while.
Work-life balance is the concept of achieving a balance between the demands of work and personal life. Achieving work-life balance is a challenge that many people face, particularly in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven society. From our smartphones and laptops to social media and streaming services, we rely on technology to stay connected, informed, and entertained.
A healthy work-life balance will mean different things to us all. It’s not so much about splitting your time 50/50 between work and leisure but making sure you feel fulfilled and content in both areas of your life.
Stigma Free Environment
An organization dedicated to preserving employee mental health in a stigma-free environment will succeed in its efforts. Make sure that any mental health initiatives are aligned with your company’s core values, goals and ethics. Employees are more likely to feel comfortable to talk openly about mental health and reach out to managers or co-workers if they are struggling when your company’s leadership opens the dialog.
Developing a company culture that supports employees by openly discussing and addressing mental without its associated stigma takes time. So Mental Health Awareness Month can be a good time to start conversations and keep the momentum and support going year-round. Also, even though your job may be a stepping stone to other opportunities, it’s important to show gratitude for the responsibility – a positive outlook helps create a positive culture.
The Cardinal Culture is about giving curiosity, dignity, and respect to everyone we meet and talk to everyday. We treat people in a fair positive manner, with honesty and integrity. Our inclusive work culture has help Cardinal Staffing Services to being recognized by the Toledo Blade for Top Places to Work years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019,2022 and 2023.
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