Millennials and Workplace Wellbeing

Millennials and Workplace Wellbeing



at first I thought about how the turnover ratios may have increased or like the reasons why I've left with lawyers in the past so I sat down with my therapist and I start talking about this as I do most of my problems and she points out that the reasons I'm listing off on my employers employees tend to leave employers also relate to mental health so I looked into this and I found that the global economy losses around one trillion u.s. dollars every year due to lack of support for employers and I looked at how many Millennials are suffering and I found that 20 million Millennials in the United States suffer from a mental health condition it's over one in four Millennials there is a problem there is a solution you play a role and we can all benefit so what is mental health a mental health challenge is a condition that affects a person's thinking feeling the mood or behavior I've been clinically diagnosed with four mental health conditions and I have tendencies of others so mental health is on a spectrum so although you may experience anxiety somebody with bipolar disorder ADHD depression they'll experience anxiety in a completely different way the most recent data publishes from 2017 and the age group of eighteen to twenty five now this is just a portion of Millennials this doesn't include all of them but out of that age they're twenty five point eight percent of them have been diagnosed with a mental health condition so this doesn't include the people that were unable to see a doctor and compare that to the age group of 50 and over thirteen point eight percent of them with a mental health condition now out of that twenty six percent thirty eight point four percent of them were able to seek treatment as opposed to the thirteen percent forty four percent of them were able to seek treatment so where is that gap coming from that although more Millennials are suffering with a mental health condition less of them are able to seek health selfesteem money and work so these are the three factors that contribute to a mental health condition now self-esteem is a broad topic there's a lot of factors that go into that but I want to focus on perfectionism as this relates to the workplace self oriented perfectionism socially prescribed perfectionism and other oriented perfectionism so the self oriented perfectionism is my irrational need to reach overly ambitious goals when I was seventeen I had dreams to become a pediatrician that specialized in infectious diseases and I wanted to live in Africa working on the HIV epidemic and now really ambitious around the time of my diagnosis of anxiety and depression I was 20 years old this and my third year at the University of Iowa I was so consumed with the stress that I was experiencing that I was I ended up having mono for two months and I was unable to attend school as a result I shortly soon after dropped out of college so the stress that I put on myself for not becoming a doctor but not even finishing my bachelor's degree really devalued my self-worth socially prescribed perfectionism is the pressure that we receive from others to reach these ambitious goals so the pressure we get from our parents to become doctors and lawyers or managers to that expect to employees to be able to the same way or even a conversation with someone and they asked what are you starting your family other oriented perfectionism is having unrealistic expectations of others we live in a society that we are told that it's not okay to tell others how we like to be treated so when our managers have conversations with us and then they can feel disrespectful or ineffective we can become frustrated angry or even resentful so Melissa's had a lot of money but I want to emphasize this element as we are the generation of a sign hustle for ten years I worked two jobs to be able to afford my style of living as Millennials we understand that it's not an economically sound decision for our employers to be able to pay us enough to afford a house in Seattle or the lifestyle we want to live or to be able to anticipate car repairs so we work two jobs so not only are we dealing with the stress of having more debt less income and a higher cost of living but although also all the workplace stress factors I'm about to discuss we're not only experiencing them from your place of business but from our side muscle as well so how does work time the mental health inadequate health and safety policies for communication and management limited participation and decision-making low levels of support and flexible working hours and unfair tasks of an organizational skill objectives now I can give examples of each of these but I want to focus on two with safety policies this could be something as simple as is your employee walking home late at night I worked for an employer that we were in a high shaft high burglary situation and it was in the company policy that anybody closing down the store had to close in pairs this helped ensure our safety amongst each other and you know that we were taken care of the other story I think of is I had this friend a few months ago who lost his father and his employer gave him a month off for bereavement and upon his return he was in a sales after three weeks he was still unable to hit his numbers so his manager calls him into his office and says you're not performing we need you to make our numbers or it's time to move on he was like oh it's not only did that create the stress among the employee that was let go but the ripple in effect had had on the employees that remains that saw that little level of support for their colleague absenteeism work performance staff attitude and behavior and relationships at work these are the four areas where a mental health will manifest in the workplace people it's people with a high adverse childhood experiences are 10 times more likely to experience physical ailments so backaches stomach ulcers migraines and these are illness that'll physically prevent them from being able to show up for work a mental health condition can also affect their work performance their ability to focus be able to perform effectively and efficiently and accurately and then mental health can also affect attitude and behavior I know for me one thing I struggle with just finding my value in a social setting I struggle with do they care what I have to say do they respect me do they even want me here and it may seem that I'm reserved or disengaged but really under struggling with my own self-worth in relationships at work being able to communicate effectively with our managers our colleagues our clients all of us in result in disciplinary actions and when the suspensions and write ups occur this will increase the stress and create those more physical ailments leading to more absenteeism lower work performance and the cycle will just continue so what do our solutions look like employment provides five categories of psychological experiences that promote mental well-being science structure social contact collective effort and purpose social identity and regular activity the absence of time structure for somebody with a mental health condition can be incredibly overwhelming not knowing what to do where to focus social contact I definitely spend more time with my colleagues and my co-workers and with my friends and family collective effort being a part of a team that we're all working towards a good design a happy production a great outcome it creates a sense of community and togetherness social identity the first thing I do when I meet somebody is I introduced Who I am who I work for and what I do unemployment can also lead to a sense of identity crisis and regular activity having those consistent behaviors that familiarity creates a sense of comfort so this here shows that people with mental health in an millenials we want to work working is doing for us and it's healthy for us so how can you help studies have shown that for every $1 of investment for a treatment and support leads to a four dollar return towards the business so implement and of course health health and safety policies important staff that support is available established programs for career development involve employees and decision making and recognizing and rewarding the contributions leads now it may seem like I'm going to play Gaspar's on a pedestal however I've noticed an increase in my well-being and mental health as it began working to Sarah I'm provided with health insurance so I'm able to afford a therapist and a doctor and get the treatment that I need I know that support is available as I called my manager and Sarah multiple times asking for help I know that if I can continue down this path this is what my career will look like and this is my productor II on a monthly basis we have all company meetings and quarterly annual leave Sarah takes this as an opportunity to receive feedback but how the company can grow and things to me to develop you know whether or not she takes that feedback and implements it is up to her but at the end of the day I still feel heard and we also use these monthly meetings to spend the first 15 minutes giving each other kudos thank you for coming to my job site this week I'm so grateful you took the time to answer my questions you did a really great project their job use to those these out of ways not only support and recognize the greatness that's being done but it also shows other employees and it's okay to ask for help so what about four dollars in return look like to you as the business reduction in absenteeism and presenteeism lower turnover decrease in safety and quality incidences and higher productivity and profitability now this also doesn't include the labor costs for having to hire more employees for your higher turnover or FMLA costs for employers that need to take that leave of absence so what can you do you're all in a position where you can create the culture and the environment to help develop and support your employees so check your policies flexible work schedules and start times reduce distractions or noise working from home written directions and task lists regular written or verbal feedback flexible breaks scheduled private quiet place to rest during a break and the use of the job coach another thing Sarah provides them with is a weekly communications training that's not only helps to perform my goal before my job more effectively and efficiently but it also helps me establish goals and where the skills to work towards them as I've done my research I found that this trend of mental health is not it's not slowing down in a recent poll on generation Z for 2018 it found that Gen Z is already pulling at 80% of them are stressed out this will continue to manifest into these mental health conditions and created this workplace tension and when I think about employers that I've worked for in the past and what I've done I don't choose an employer based off of my job description my daily activities and my responsibilities I choose to work for an employer that supports me my mental health family

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