Work Place Pressure
7 in 10 Indians (70%) experience stress at work on a weekly basis
Most working professionals spend slightly more than 1/3rd of their day at the workplace. Another third is spent resting, and whatever is left of the 24 hours that every person gets, is divided between chores at home, spending some quality time with their family or friends and maybe working on a hobby (or in today’s day and age, binge watching a series). Many individuals struggle with keeping their work life and personal life separate, thus the term, “Work-Life balance”. It is increasingly difficult to find that balance in today’s working culture.
7 in 10 Indians (70%) experience stress at work on a weekly basis, according to a recent study by ADP India, which is higher than the Asia-Pacific average of 60%. Not only did the report indicate that more Indian professionals are stressed, but also that the levels of stress they face are significantly higher than the Asia-Pacific average. Additionally, the report states that 46% of Indian workers reported doing around 6-10 hours of work unpaid every week. This is just to throw into context one study by an organisation.
Mental Health at the workplace and the Economy
The following points are findings by the World Health Organisation:
- Depression and anxiety have an estimated cost of 1 Trillion USD per year in lost productivity to the global economy.
- One of the most commonly reported problems at the workplace are harassment and bullying, which can have a substantial adverse impact on mental health.
- Not only are there effective actions that organisations can take to promote mental health in the workplace, but it is also in the interest of the company since such actions may also benefit productivity and thus the top line growth.
- For every 1 USD put into scaled up treatment for common mental disorders, there is a return of 4 USD in improved health and productivity.
The team of the best Psychologists in Kolkata will help you set clear boundaries at work. Not only will this help you maintain a work-life balance, but also will help you become more assertive, confident and productive at work, all with the simple power of saying the word, “NO”.
HappynHealthys will help you devise techniques to get over your social anxiety that has a direct role to play in your presentation skills and your ability in building healthy interpersonal abilities.
We will help you accept the reality that conflict is unavoidable. And in doing so, HappynHealthys will help you with your conflict resolution skills that can get you out of a number of tight spots both at work and at home.
There are different kinds of managers/bosses. The team of experienced Psychologists will help you to deal with a difficult boss by identifying the causes of conflict, possible solutions and by holding your ground.
Our team will help you in due course to pinpoint different sources of motivation, take on new challenges at work, and if required even help you with a Career Counselling session in case you are thinking of exploring other avenues, your strengths, weaknesses, based on your interests and capability.
Commonly reported external causes of stress at the workplace
Let us look at some of the commonly reported external issues faced by professionals at the workplace:
- A difficult manager/superior/boss: It is said that people don’t quit jobs, they quit managers. An incapable manager who does not have proper leadership skills can cause a huge attrition rate to the company. Not only that, it can cause potential candidates to not consider the company as a possible platform to grow professionally because of the reputation that manager builds up.
- Uncertainty at job security: If there are frequent layoffs, transfers, and overall fluctuation in the management, mood swings from your superiors that puts your job/appraisal at risk, then it will add to your sense of insecurity.
- Inflexible working hours/support for the employee: It is understood that people have personal commitments and priorities to meet and need their employer to offer flexible working hours in times of need or even remote working possibilities without having to go through a gruelling back and forth conversation. The lack of such flexibility and support can cause resentment towards the management.
- Lack of clear policies or a failure to uphold them: If you do not know how many paid leaves you are eligible for or what are the rules for applying for leave, work from home, overtime, appraisals, or if those policies are not being followed, then that adds to one’s anxiety.
- Unappreciative management: Appreciation for your work in any form is always a proven motivator. The lack of that would definitely create a thankless work environment where you might even begin to ask why you are doing what you’re doing. The lack of incentives, bonuses, promotions is a cornerstone of building a HappyNHealthy workforce.
- Office politics: Let’s face it, this is something that we cannot avoid. No matter which company you work for, there will be some amount of bias, partiality, inner circle and favouritism. But this is one of the worst ways to create issues between professionals and their managers and ultimately to an unhappy, stressed out team
Commonly reported internal causes of Stress at the workplace
- Lack of job satisfaction: If you are working in a field that does not interest you, does not challenge you and help you grow, that does not produce work that you find meaningful, you will not be able to be productive and that will affect your state of mind.
- Lack of a work-life balance: Excess of anything is never good. The taxes you pay for overworking, or over-socializing, are significant. There must be a balance between both that will help you flourish.
- Intra-work relationships: You must be able to build positive and productive relationships with your peers at work. Being isolated does not help anyone. If a judgemental attitude, social anxiety or lack of interpersonal skills are preventing you from forming bonds with your colleagues, then you will end up the loner at the office, and that is not a good feeling.
- Low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence: You will be amazed at what the human mind can achieve when it has faith in its capabilities.
- Expectation management: You cannot expect a raise within a few months of you joining an organisation. If you are in a startup, chances are that you will have to work longer hours or take a pay cut. You need to create realistic expectations for yourself and for your company.
- Spillover from your personal life: It is natural to understand that if you have had a bad day at home, or are going through issues in your personal life, it can have some amount of impact on your work. But it is important to learn how to cope with that and in the medium and long term, not let it affect your productivity.