With the launch of our new program, SEAFiT, we will dedicate a new series of articles on tips and practices to embrace a new wellbeing mindset. This is vital for our daily lives and goes hand in hand with resilience, considering that in order to be able to face all challenges and bounce back, we need to foster a new philosophy and take care of ourselves.
That said, in order to commit to a healthier lifestyle, it is important to focus on five dimensions: mental, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual wellbeing. This time our focus is on measures to prevent mental health issues at work, by identifying psychosocial risk factors that may affects us.
Developing an effective action plan on mental health
According to a new WHO/ILO paper, when addressing mental health at work, the following key steps are important:
- Prevent work-related mental health conditions through identifying psychosocial risk management.
- Promote mental health at work through training and interventions
- Support workers with mental health conditions through accommodations, programmes and initiatives
- Create an enabling environment through leadership, investment, rights, integration, participation, evidence, and compliance.
10 psychosocial risks in any workplace: How to intervene
The following may affect our mental health at work, thus, any organization should be aware of and make interventions for improvements
#1 Lack of variety in work, under-skilled tasks
Focus on task rotation or job redesign
#2 Heavy workloads and high time pressures
Set achievable deadlines and targets
#3 Long work hours
Make flexible working arrangements
#4 Lack of job control
Participate in job design and decision making
#5 Poor physical working conditions & ergonomics
Equipment should meet health and safety legal requirements
#6 Poor organizational culture
Dealing with unfair treatment, focus on Diversity, Inclusion, Equality
#7 Social or physical isolation
Establish frameworks for preventing discrimination, offer peer support
#8 Unclear job role
Report structures and performance requirements
#9 No sight of career development
Offer equal opportunities and transparency in all processes
#10 Being away from home due to work
Offer flexible working arrangements and support
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