The World Health Organisation and the International Labor Organisation (ILO) have called for concrete actions to address mental health concerns in the working population.
Studies show toxic workplaces that impose unreasonable demands on team members without recognising them for their hard work can triple the risk for depression.
Specific challenges among workers include the rise of burnout among health workers, the need to confront the mental health fallout of the COVID-19 crisis, and the need to support the resilience of communities affected by conflict.
“Without effective support, mental disorders and other mental health conditions can affect a person’s confidence and identity at work, capacity to work productively, absences and the ease with which to retain or gain work. Twelve billion working days are lost every year to depression and anxiety alone. ”
Just last week, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a new Surgeon General’s Framework for Mental Health & Well-Being in the Workplace outlining the foundational role workplaces should play in promoting the health and well-being of workers and our communities.
As reports of “quiet quitting” and the ‘Great Resignation’ have shown, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the nature of work for many and the relationship some workers have with their jobs.
People spend a third of their lives working. If the roles in your organisation are mainly sedentary, physical activities give your team a chance to let off steam and build better social connections.
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