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Depression in the Workplace: How to Curb it.

Updated on May 21, 2017

If you have been working in a formal settings for a while, you will agree that today's working environment has become overlay demanding. Besides following a near monotonous routine, today's worker has to contend with strict deadlines, demanding customers and unbending supervisors.

All these affect socialization and conduct of employees in the places of work. Over time, the pressure may turn to mental anguish and subsequently to depression. According to World Health Organization, up to 350 million suffer from depression worldwide. What's disturbing is that majority of these people work in formal set ups.

So, how can companies protect their employees from mental anguish? Let's discuss a number of probable programs you can adopt for your company.


Interventions to Minimize Depression in Places of Work.

1. Crafting programs that promote work-family life balance.

Meeting deadlines and achieving is no doubt important in growth of an organization. However, overburdening employees only minimizes productivity and this ends up affecting your company's bottom line in the long run.

It's thus paramount to ensure that your employees have time to spend with their families and attend to personal matters. This makes them at ease and the result is improved productivity.

2. Give workers a leeway to make some work related decisions.

One of the secrets to making employees feel happy and valued is to give them a chance to make decisions related to their responsibilities.

This makes them own the work spaces and gives them a motive to work even harder. The happier the workers feel, the lower the mental pressure they undergo in places of work.

3. Minimize negative spillover.

The fact that organization brings together people of different aptitudes and moral backgrounds means there will always be naysayers. If you don't check on those who spread negative energy, you may end up having a group of disgruntled employees.

You should, then, devise a mechanism that helps tone down spillover of negativity in your organizations.

4. Flexibility in working schedules.

Times are changing are so are work schedules. It's becoming increasingly attractive for companies to allow people to work away from their office desks and still deliver on results.

Your work schedule shouldn't be rigid either so as to allow your employees a chance to change their working stations once in a while. The break helps them unwind and refreshen their mind.

6. Offer room for professional growth.

No worker would find it glorifying to work in an entity where their growth is limited. If anything, workers that aren't given an opportunity to advance, either education or through job promotion, work as pedestrian who are always aiming for a different destination.

Employees can never be happy in an environment where they know that passage of time would help improve their status.

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Wellness of employees and productivity at the place of work are joined at the heap. If employees work under duress, they are less likely to work to their optimum and this affects a company's bottom line.

As a business leader, you have a responsibility to ensure that whoever staff are under your watch have a more interactive environment. This minimizes chances of mental anguish that can affect their working pattern and overall commitment to responsibilities placed on them.


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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      22 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      One of the issues that I have seen have a dramatic affect on employees in the workplace is communication. When bosses do not communicate their expectations and leave employees to guess what they are, then get upset when those expectations are not met, employees feel devalued. The other extreme is the problem of micromanagement, where the employee is told every little thing that they are to do, leaving them with no sense of autonomy. Both of these issues lead to depression in the workplace.


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