The 9 pillars of employee mental health

Written by Elizabeth López… on May 31, 2022

It is a joint effort between company and employees. Photo: Special

In the past, the culture of organizations was to have employees who only dedicated themselves to work, without worrying about them anymore. Their mission was to comply with what was indicated and return the next day, no matter if they were sick or had other problems, including manifesting some of these situations to be absent or request some leave, they were bad views and as a lack of commitment.

Fortunately, this has changed because now, companies have become aware of the importance of being close to their work team, of seeing them as people and not machines to achieve goals, that they have unexpected situations and illnesses or other problems that can influence both their work, as in their daily life. Hence the importance of creating healthy environments and have a legitimate commitment.

In recent years, conditions such as stress, anxiety and burnout syndrome they have grown alarmingly, especially during the pandemic and proof of this is that 75% of working people in Mexico suffer from the effects of chronic work stress or burnout, reveals the World Health Organization.

Likewise, the Ministry of Health reveals that three out of four Mexican workers suffers from work stress, in addition to the fact that some 15 million people suffer from some mental illness caused by work.

Given this, for this year the highest priority of HR, at least for 57%, will be the comprehensive well-being of employees, which includes health care, where 71% will focus on mental health, followed by physical health with 18%, and financial health with 11%, reveals the survey on Human Resources Trends for 2022, carried out by OCCMundial.

“The last two years have been decisive for organizations where comprehensive well-being has become much more relevant, not only for the physical well-being part, but also for a comprehensive and psychological well-being for collaborators who are looking for a balance in their lives”, explains Rodolfo Oviedo, Senior Director of Gympass for Mexico.

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To achieve this culture of caring for collaborators, the Pan American Health Organization indicates that It is a joint effort between company and employees, who also have a responsibility to create healthy work environments and To this end, it issues the following recommendations.

On the employer side

  1. Raise awareness of mental health issues: the most common illnesses among employees, how to detect them, treat them, address them, among other elements
  2. Eliminate stress risk factors at work with greater flexibility
  3. Facilitate access to health care for employees who need it
  4. Be perceptive and flexible to the needs of employees, understanding their personal situations
  5. Combat stigma and encourage open discussion at work about mental health

On the side of colleagues

  1. Learn to recognize the signs of depression, stress, anxiety or other illness. Some signs are: excessive sadness, hopelessness, loss of interest in activities, changes in appetite or sleep
  2. Seek help when needed and support colleagues
  3. Talk to employees about emotional needs
  4. Practice resilience and self-care

Regarding seeking help, Oviedo highlights the importance of doing so and eliminating the stigma that surrounds psychologists. In this way you can have greater personal satisfaction, less conflict management, harmony and therefore better health.

CREDIT:

Elizabeth Lopez Argueta / The Entrepreneur

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