Workplace triggers Managers should be aware of

It has been proven that working can have a very positive impact on our mental health. A sense of purpose, achievement and being able to socialise with others is great for our mental health, but there are some dangerous triggers in the workplace that can lead to stress, depression and anxiety.

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Triggers for Managers to look out for include;

  • Long hours and no breaks

  • Unrealistic expectations or deadlines

  • High-pressure environments

  • A poor working environment

  • Unmanageable workloads or lack of control over work

  • Negative relationships

  • Poor communications

  • Poor Managerial support

  • Job insecurity

  • High-risk roles

Creating opportunities for employees to be able to raise issues at an early stage, as well as encouraging an open culture, is key when working towards tackling and preventing and causes of workplace mental health problems. When staff feel confident to talk to their manager, its more likely that they will feel comfortable disclosing a mental health problem.

by Jennifer Headington

(Advice based on Mind toolkits, available at www.mind.org.uk)

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