What is the real state of mental health in the workplace in 2023?

Edward J. Beltran
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is now the highest reported mental health disorder in the U.S., affecting 42.5 million Americans. The pandemic and economic instability have taken a toll on our well-being.

Bright Plan’s Wellness Barometer Survey sheds light on the situation. Financial stress has skyrocketed, impacting employee well-being and organizational success.

The Resume Lab Survey also shows that work-induced mental health problems are also on the rise, hindering career advancement for 59% of respondents. Employees feel emotionally unsafe, worry about disclosing mental health conditions, and believe low salaries contribute to their struggles.

So, what can businesses do to address these challenges?

Search online and you will find stress-mitigating tips such as:

1️⃣ Try Meditation: Incorporate mindfulness apps or courses into your team’s routine. Taking time to be present and manage anxiety can make a huge difference.

2️⃣ Encourage Light Exercise: Lunchtime walks, jogging, or even in-office yoga sessions can boost energy levels and reduce stress.

3️⃣ Take Breaks: Break the cycle of constant work and promote a healthy work-life balance. Unlimited vacation policies are great, but make sure employees actually use their time off and come back refreshed and more creative.

These actions are proven long-term strategies, but at Fierce we’ve discovered the fastest way to build resilience and mitigate the effects of stress is through deep self-awareness. Knowing your individual response to stress allows you to pinpoint workplace issues and make rapid behavior change.

One tool we’ve built is the Pulse App. To learn more how Pulse can manage stress quickly, check out this article.


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