destigmatising anxiety and depression in the workplace.
Would you speak to your boss about your mental health struggles?
Recent research has shown that almost a third of people worried about being judged if they discussed their personal lives with their superiors and were even concerned about their progression prospects and job security if they revealed problems with their mental health to their colleagues (Aetna International).
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted things for many people, including realisations of lack of self-care and burnout during the work week. People have been working from the comfort of their own homes, and many have come to enjoy this due to the lack of pressure compared to being in the office.
This new-found relaxation whilst working remotely has forced employers to acknowledge their staff’s wellbeing and many have taken to including new workplace benefits such as discounted guided meditation (with Headspace or Calm), and even free counselling sessions, with almost 50% of employees considering utilising such benefits (Aetna International).
Employers need to adjust and improve
As we become more open about discussing any mental health concerns, employers need to adjust and improve to fit employees’ needs and support them where they can.
With anxieties about job security in the current climate, companies need to do their best to reassure their staff that they are there for them by providing wellbeing resources and considering staff’s work-life balance.