Main factors in the workplace that can contribute to mental health problems
Stress at work is a big problem.
In most cases, people spend a third of their life at work, so an unhealthy work environment can negatively affect a person’s overall quality of life.
Below are seven things that can happen in the workplace that can negatively affect a person’s mental health.
– Workload (both excessive and insufficient)
Having an excessive workload contributes to stress. It also increases anxiety and can lead to burnout due to time constraints and lack of breaks. Burnout can reduce a person’s productivity, leading to more stress.
The other danger of an excessive workload is that you might find yourself working overtime and missing out on other things like spending time with loved ones.
Having insufficient work or a lack of participation in work can reduce the feeling of worth. It can also cause a person to feel that they are not needed at work, which poses a threat to their job.
– Monotonous or unpleasant tasks
Passion is important when it comes to getting things done. Painstaking work seems uninteresting and boring, which can lead to stress.
In addition, performing unpleasant tasks can stress a person, especially if their job is at risk.
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– Ambiguity or role conflict
According M&E studiesrole conflict and role ambiguity are among the most widely studied role stress variables and are generally negatively related to job outcomes.
When management and staff have different expectations and perceive roles differently, stress can result.
– Lack of recognition at work
When someone doesn’t get credit for projects they’ve done or feels neglected or unappreciated by their supervisor, it can be frustrating and lead to stress.
Favoritism and inequality at work can steal joy and lead to mental health issues.
– Poor working conditions
Poor working conditions can have a negative impact on productivity and general well-being.
– Lack of leadership and communication
According Forbespeople with bad bosses are more likely to suffer from chronic depression, stress and anxiety.
The publication adds that people working for toxic bosses were 60% more likely to suffer a stroke, heart attack or other life-threatening heart condition.
– Conflicting demands at home and at work
Many people have to balance work and family responsibilities. It is not easy to juggle the two and sometimes stress can arise when the demands of one negatively affect the demands of the other.
Juggling the two can be difficult, and sometimes stress can arise when one of the demands negatively impacts the other.
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It is important to seek help before you suffer from other health problems caused by stress.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group has a 24 hour helpline which you can contact on 0800 456 789.
The South African government encourages that if you suspect a mental illness, visit the nearest clinic or doctor.
Remember that mental illness can be treated and prevented!
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