This Sunday 7th April celebrates World Health Day, a global health awareness day designed to raise awareness about physical and mental health. It calls for better mental health promotion, prevention and stigma reduction at work, in order to build stronger, fairer and more resilient workplaces.
The world has evolved tremendously during the past 50 years. Although technology has played a huge role in society’s progression, it has also changed the way people think, work and live their lives.
While the traditional workplace involved heading to a physical location typically between the hours of 9am and 5pm, today’s workplace is extremely different. Working has never been quite so competitive and flexible, while technology has significantly changed the dynamic of most workplaces.
Many employees are expected to be available around-the-clock, and with mobile phones at our fingertips, we can be easily reached by phone call, text or email with almost no excuse not to respond. Customers are also reaching out to companies more frequently than ever before, using social media to voice complaints, feedback or request help.
Taking action against poor work-life balance
While the ubiquity of technology has enabled us to work faster and more efficiently, it has also had a detrimental impact on work-life balance. Technology has eliminated natural breaks and encouraged people to work outside designated work hours, even over the weekend or when sick. Many people complain of feeling burnt out as a result of spending 40+ hours a week invested in their job, and if you are in a job that you do not enjoy, this can have serious negative implications on your mental and physical health.
Emotional stress can wear down your body’s defences, causing you to get sick more easily. Sustained tension diminishes concentration and creates exhaustion, leading to more mistakes at work and the greater chance of an accident. Poor work satisfaction also carries over into your personal life, and can lead directly to symptoms such as anxiety and depression.
If you’re in a job or working environment that you dislike, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Firstly, you should discuss the problem with your supervisor, manager or HR to determine if any changes can be made. Many scenarios – such as a poor work environment or unfulfilling role, can be addressed internally as a way to proactively improve your happiness within the workplace.
If you feel the situation is truly hopeless or that you have to change for something better, get proactive about leaving. Take stock of what is happening in your life and assess every aspect of your situation in order to be fully aware of what you might need to change. Remain professional within your current role and speak gracefully about the company in an interview. And when the time does come to leave, remain dignified, polite and courteous.
Your wellbeing is crucial, especially when it comes to your ability to thrive at work. Whether you want to alter your current position within the organisation or change jobs entirely, your options are not limited. Remember that you have the right to find a workplace that supports your wellbeing and encourages a positive work-life balance.
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