Finding an antidote to the stress of ‘always on’ workplace culture

Workplace Mental Health Programs: What They Are, And What They’re Worth

As an employer, you can prevent a substantial proportion of common health problems simply by reducing exposure to these job stressors and creating an environment that allows employees to live a healthy life. Photo: Getty

With the growing prevalence of mental and stress-related disorders in the general population, the importance of health and well-being programs is being recognized more and more in the corporate world. Employers are also seeing its benefit both to attract new talent and to retain existing employees.

According to the World Health Organization, “Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

Research analyzing mental health in the workplace in Europe has uncovered that implementing workplace well-being initiatives significantly improves organizational…


Finding an antidote to the stress of ‘always on’ workplace culture

It used to be that for the first few days back after the holiday break, people were still mellow from their time off and workplace pressures hadn’t yet started to build. But almost overnight that has changed. Organisations are now focused on achieving their objectives for the new year, activity and pressure have ramped up exponentially and the demarcation between work and home life is already beginning to blur for many people.

It’s become the norm to be always busy and to answer work emails out of hours or to log on to do something work-related after dinner. But just because something is presented as “normal” doesn’t mean it is. And organisations that are aggressively pushing the always-on agenda are creating levels of work-related stress we were not designed to cope with…

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