From previous BLOGS, we know that workplace stress can easily affect job performance, as it directly influences your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Research has shown that work stress is increasingly associated with depressive disorders and suicide, which ultimately highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy work environment. While it’s obvious that stress has the ability to negatively impact an individual’s mental health, there is a way that you can change your relationship with stress, and even use it as a tool to motivate.
Depression isn’t always easy to catch. There’s a stigma surrounding depression that leads people to believe that depression is not being able to get out of bed, or hiding in a dark room all day, or never smiling and laughing. While these can be considered as signs of depression, there are also many symptoms that are harder to recognize, and just as worrisome.
Not only can fatigue take a heavy toll on your day-to-day life, but it also increases the risk of workplace accidents or injuries. Fatigue can be described as a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency, usually accompanied by a feeling of weariness and tiredness. It can be caused by a number of different factors, such as unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace stress, and medical conditions. Fatigue can seriously affect your workplace performance, which not only affects your own health, but possibly the health of those around you as well.
Stress is often considered to be a very negative aspect of our lives, as it can directly affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Stress can be defined as a reaction to a situation or to a perceived threat, and it’s not difficult to determine that stressful situations often arise in the workplace. According to Statistics Canada, work is the leading cause of stress for Canadians, as employees often feel stressed when they experience a lack of control in the workplace, or are unable to meet the demands of the job.
If you don’t think that prioritizing your employees’ mental wellbeing saves your organization time and money, think again. In a study conducted by the CDC, depression was found to cause around 200 million lost workdays a year, costing employers of $17 to $44 billion dollars. If that statistic isn’t staggering enough, another study shows that happy employees increase their productivity by 12-20 percent over unhappy employees.