Causes of poor workplace mental health
Most people spend the majority of their time at work and whilst an ideal working environment would involve feeling valued, respected and supported, this is often not what we see in most workplaces. 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. It is when we xperience too much job stress that our mental state can take a toll. 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 the 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 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 develop 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 in turn 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.