Does your workplace value your mental health?
It might be a silly question but I'm genuinely curious about people's prospect. This is all because you're replaceable once you're 6 ft under so why not take care of your mental health?
Mental health is often viewed as a weakness, and many people feel ashamed or embarrassed to discuss their mental health issues with their employers. This can lead to employees feeling ostracized or unsupported by their employers, which can in turn make the employee's mental health worse.
However, there are some workplaces that are beginning to see the value of employee mental health, and are beginning to create policies and programs that support employee mental health. These workplaces recognize that healthy employees are more productive employees, and that it's important to have a supportive environment where employees can feel vulnerable.
For example, Google has worked very hard to create a "home like" environment that focuses strongly on mental health and employee happiness.
One tip I have found over the years, is that companies that are "always hiring" are "always firing" as well, meaning they have a high turnover. This is often a sign of a toxic work environment.
As I mentioned, I have worked at places that did not value mental health and they never explicitly came out and said it but I could tell through their actions and the way the work manifested in me. For instance, I worked very long hours with very few days off which led to burnout, stress, and other issues. The your work should never be causing more mental health issues!
Every workplace will value different things. A great way to see if a workplace values your mental health is to see what they offer to support you: do they offer an employee assistance program (EAP)? Do they offer support groups or understanding paid time off/time off? You can gauge this during an interview process or even after beginning. Does you workplace offer fun outings? Etc. Good luck and I hear you! Its tough to manage one's mental health and meet the demands of work. You are not alone.
Companies will typically express how it values mental health during the networking / interview process. Interviewees can openly ask about initiatives that the respective firm takes, benefits, and more. The interviewers should be able to answer this question fairly easily. If not (or answered vaguely / with hesitance), you can conclude that comparable companies might value mental health more-so.
I hope this helps!
Some workplaces certainly don't care about your mental health and you're simply seen as "a number" that's easily replaceable. However, if you find the right company to work for (like I have) then mental health will be an important consideration. Employers that care about you will give you the tools to manage your mental health (counselling resources, good work/life balance, fair pay, not overworked etc.)
Definitely take care of your mental health and I would recommend changing jobs/employers if you feel like your mental health is suffering because of your work.
Over the years I have noticed that employers, especially bigger companies, started to pay attention and have taken constructive steps toward ensuring their employees have access to tools that help them maintain healthy lives. The key is to learn what is offered and become disciplined in making sure we take advantage of the options we have access to. It is important to really get to know you, your triggers, your high and low points, and balance that you need in your life to feel healthy. With that awareness, you will be able to care for yourself.
Racheal Noble, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, NCC
As a licensed marriage and family therapist who provides EFAP services, my employer values mental health. I can say from experience that there are multiple ways in which mental health is valued.
First, the individual support via our PTO (paid time off). This is an opportunity for me to evaluate my own wellness and take control of it, using the benefit of time off that is part of our benefits package. Every request I ask for is approved in no time, with no argument. Moreover, we also have EFAP services as well, which are at no cost to us, and a goal-oriented driven relationship with a therapist to solve whatever issue we are going through, using individual, couples, or family counseling.
The second level of support for mental health is through 1:1 supervision. This is the time when I can discuss whatever I need support on with my supervisor to that can assist me with how I am doing and my areas of improvement. This is vital for ongoing learning education, something I mention in my dissertation as intellectual wellness.
The third opportunity for support on mental health is through peer support and team meetings. We have the opportunity to give the "group therapy" vibe, and all each person the space to feel heard and validated, especially through these tough times and whatever is to come.
I can say that as mental health professionals, we would be complete hypocrites if we did not adhere to the same practices we preach.
This is my experience, and I hope that it helps.
Cultivating an inclusive, diverse, and healthy workforce is foundational and essential for creating an environment where employees feel valued.
Medtronic, my employer strives to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. Medtronic places importance on ensuring the health and wellbeing of their employees. Most people spend a lot of their adult life at work, and therefore supporting employee’s health and wellbeing at work is paramount to achieve success and personal growth.
Medtronic provides many resources and support to their employees, here are a few.
• Healthier Together
• Employee Assistance Programs
• Employee Resource Groups
The biggest thing to remember is that you are more important than a job. You are more important than a contract going through or a sale being made. A lot of industries will not do that for you, that is a value you take into an interview, into a job, and into life. Value yourself above all and you will find a position that will work with you, not against you.
My advice would be to really look into the company you are applying for to learn if their values align with your own. I have come to realize that working for a company that values its employees and cares about their wellbeing can make or break a job. Since I have started my internship I have learned more about the company and what its values are and was completely shocked to learn that a lot of the companies values matched my own.
I would recommend you really try to learn what you value as a person and an employee and try to find a company that aligns with those beliefs. There are so many companies that value their employees and their mental health, you just need to be persistent about finding them.
Absolutely! I work for a global tech company which really does and provides a large amount of resources to support you as a individual, recognizing everyone is different.
I know this isn't the same for all companies and when looking for a role it might be hard to tell which companies value mental health. You could always check their corporate values and then find out about the types of benefits they offer their employees. You might decide your mental health is better supported through exercise or working from home, so checking to see what benefits are offered and what suits you can be a way forward.
Hope that helps!
A few good questions to consider for yourself:
What kind of team engagement activities exist in your company?
What kind of time off do you offer your employees?
Do you anticipate any additional responsibilities outside my role?
Also, it helps to find reviews of the company before applying to see if it is a right fit for you!