How Important is My Workplace When It Comes to My Mental Health?

Writer Annie Dillard once stated, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

According to Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, the average person will spend 90,000 hours of work over the period of their lifetime. With this much time at work taking place, it’s crucial to work in a place that is conducive to mental health and well-being if at all possible. There are so many components of the workplace that can affect a person’s mental health: workplace conditions (temperature, cleanliness, comfortability), task-related factors (type of work, deadlines, ability to complete tasks), workplace communication (teamwork, managers coworkers, overall workplace environment), ethics (respect, boundaries, safety), and much, much more. By taking an inventory of your workplace, you can assess just how much it’s contributing to (or taking away from) your mental health.

A 2015 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health sought to explore work-related stress, burnout, job satisfaction and general health of nurses. A total of 1,200 nurses participated in the study, completing several assessment measures for analysis. Results from the study found that staff issues were related to burnout and job satisfaction, with burnout playing a key role in nurses’ mental health.

If a person’s mental health is affected due to lowered job satisfaction, stress, and burnout, a number of other effects could take place:

  • A person may not perform their job correctly, placing them at risk for termination
  • Safety at work could be compromised
  • A person could quit their job unexpectedly
  • Difficulty completing other responsibilities could ensue
  • Personal life, such as intimate relationships, could be compromised

If you notice your workplace is causing you stress, lowered job satisfaction or burnout, consider whether you should seek out a different place of employment or if there are minor changes you can make to your workplace environment to improve these outcomes. If you believe that you may have a mental illness and it’s affecting your ability to perform in the workplace, it’s important that you seek help. Many resources are available, and oftentimes, workplace insurance helps cover the cost. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about your options. Recovery is possible.

Learning to be is part of the process of trauma recovery. Stop the cycle of merry-go-round treatment and find the solution you’re looking for in trauma treatment. Through effective residential treatment, Khiron House helps you find the path you need toward health and wellness in recovery. For information, call us today. UK: 020 3811 2575 (24 hours). USA: (866) 801 6184 (24 hours).

A circular logo with a teal background features "Khiron Clinics" in bold, white letters and "GLOBAL TRAUMA RECOVERY" in smaller white text below. Above the text is an abstract, white, spiral design, emphasizing its role as a leading trauma clinic.

Global Trauma Recovery Center

Recommended by the World’s Leading Trauma Experts

We help people find hope again by uncovering and treating the root causes of their mental health issues. Our cutting edge nervous-system based treatments are delivered in both outpatient and residential settings by clinicians who have been trained by the world’s leading trauma experts.

Download the Brochure

Discover Our Innovative Trauma Recovery Pathway

Find out more about how we treat, what we treat, our clinics, pricing and more.

Discover Our Innovative Trauma Recovery Pathway

Find out more about how we treat, what we treat, our clinics, pricing and more.

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.