Causes of poor workplace mental health
It is uncommon to see employees in an ideal working environment where they feel valued, respected and supported. Workplace stress is one of the largest factors that contribute to one’s overall mental and physical health. Not all stress is negative, as it can sometimes be a motivational tool to facilitate workplace performance and productivity too. Our mental state can take a toll when we experience too much job stress. On average each year, around 92% of serious work-related mental health condition claims are due to work-related mental stress.
On average, one in five Australians take time off work due to feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. Almost half of these people also consider their workplace to be mentally unhealthy and are significantly less likely to disclose their condition to any colleagues, reach out for support from HR or management, nor offer support to another employee experiencing mental health issues.
There are a wide range of factors in the workplace that can lead to the poor mental health of workers, including:
- high or low job demand
- poor organisational support or workplace relationships
- a lack of role clarity
- inadequate organisational change management\
- isolated or remote work
- poor environmental conditions
- violent or traumatic events
The most common result for employees who experience any of the above conditions is work-related stress. When endured for an extended period of time, it further develops into mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, which could affect
Exposure to these hazards can lead to work-related stress. When stress is very high and or prolonged it can lead to work-related psychological or physical injury. For example, work-related stress may lead to depression and anxiety in the long term.
- Work-related stress has been linked with high levels of:
- unplanned absences including sick leave
- staff turnover
- withdrawal and presenteeism, and
- poor work and poor product quality.