Our mental health is part of what makes us who we are. Having good mental health helps give us a positive sense of motivation and purpose to tackle life’s challenges, big or small. But when our mental health isn’t in such great shape, the impact can make it difficult to cope, having a negative effect on our lives and how we think, feel, or act. So, why is mental health training important in the workplace?
Around the world, the coronavirus (COVID-19) saw us in enforced ‘lockdown’ to prevent the virus from spreading. Now we’re seeing restrictions being lifted, returning to work will be a new challenge which will no doubt see a rise in anxiety among staff. So how can we stop or reduce the feelings of anxiety as we return to work?
Most of us are familiar with the term ‘passive aggressive’ (or pass-ag). Indeed, some of us may have used some lighthearted ‘pass-ag’ behaviour towards friends or family from time to time to make a point. But pass-ag characteristics in the workplace can be irritating at best and downright hostile or damaging at worst. So what is passive aggressive behaviour in the workplace and how can you overcome it if you’re affected?
Let’s face it – we’re living in stressful times. The world can be a complex and confusing place at the best of times, but we’re definitely inside an era-defining moment of global disruption. Our day to day worries and stresses already take up valuable head space, so when you’re faced with problems that we can’t control, how do you stop anxiety taking over?
Though a time of happiness and celebration for many, for some, coping with the pressures of Christmas and all that goes with it can be overwhelming. And in the workplace, many employees can feel the effects of Christmas taking its toll long before the office shutdown. So, what can employers do to help their staff deal with Christmas stress in the workplace?
In November of last year, business leaders and unions wrote an open letter to the leaders of our county urging them to give as much weight to mental health as physical. Their message was simple: trivialising workplace mental health is inviting low productivity, poor profitability and severely impacting people’s quality of life.