Interest in ‘mental health’ is growing significantly. And stress, overwork and financial uncertainty are so prevalent that it is also a concern for businesses.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, In the healthcare sector, more than half of some medical professionals report symptoms such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The London bus drivers, who risked their lives in the Corona 19 crisis, said they had recently decided to go on strike because of their mental and physical health. Revealed. The food retail sector is facing a serious burnout problem. Faced.
All of the professional groups mentioned above were very busy during the epidemic, and as a result, I received a lot of stress. The same thing happened with IT. Of course Survey conducted by IDG Connect in April 2020Showed the impact of regulatory measures on the IT sector and the level of stress faced by employees.
One respondent to IDG Connect’s survey said, “I work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can’t rest properly, ”he said. Another respondent complained that the ‘great effort’ required to support the telecommuting held almost every night throughout the company was not recognized internally.
A survey conducted by British tech expert Harvey Nash in June last year found that mental health problems were on the rise in the IT sector. 36% of respondents reported that their mental health deteriorated during the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, IT leaders appeared to be under extreme pressure.
Do IT Leaders Have Mental Health Problems?
Tech leaders who struggled to keep up and run their businesses during the epidemic also faced mental health issues.
British end-to-end IT solution company announced in November 2020 According to Pursant research, Two-thirds (65%) of the 201 IT decision makers in the UK’s medium-sized companies say they are under pressure to manage their companies effectively. Among them, 80% said increased stress is detrimental to their health and well-being.
This was confirmed by a survey conducted by Harbinash that the mental health problems of IT operations managers from the epidemic are very high. According to the report, in the fourth quarter of 2019, 1 in 5 people in 2020 and 1 in 3 people have mental health problems.
In a subsequent survey conducted in February 2021, Harbinash director Rob Grimjee said the numbers had not changed. What has turned out is that companies are increasingly investing in formal and informal support for their employees. “Compared to the data in the survey, companies are supporting more mental health issues,” he explained.
Should Businesses Hire Mental Health Professionals?
Identifying the factors that trigger different mental health problems and the best way to address them is a challenge for most companies.
“For everyone, the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented experience,” said Jasmine Mantel, HR Director at SAP UK. “It is important to provide a variety of programs to get the right support for all our employees.”
According to him, SAP offers a wide variety of customized services to support specific issues. E.g. ‘Peppy Parenthood’A program that provides expert assistance to employees who have become parents. ‘Never Launch Alone’ is an online platform that connects SAP employees around the world who were isolated during the blockade. ‘Music Diet’A wellness program that uses music as a tool to strengthen brain health and mental resilience using neuroscience based technology.
“There were over 50 trained mental health first responders,” Mantel said. “Are you okay?” We have also launched a global campaign (‘Are you okay’) that provides employees with the help they need while allowing them to speak freely when they experience psychological problems. “This approach combines internal support with external resources. It is designed,” he added.
The main example of an external resource is Balpro. Walpro IT and technology companies contribute to the mental health of their employees. “The support provided by Walpro is largely independent of the characters, but we categorize specific programs according to the work year so that managers can support the team,” said Amber Coaster, founder of Walpro and who suffers from mental health issues while working. Fastest growing startup. I will, ”he explained.
“We have conducted a single workshop for our technical team, sales team, creative and management consultants. Through this, employees have improved their mental health status, further motivation and loyalty to the organization. After all, we are all one human being.
What is the role of ‘Well-Being’?
The reasons for the numerous studies on epidemic and mental health are as follows. This is because businesses are increasingly aware of the impact of mental health issues on organizational performance.
“But recognizing what their employees are doing and meeting different needs is not so easy,” Coaster said.
“By focusing on the culture, mission and values of the organization, companies can switch to responsive and strategic programs to ensure long-term performance for their employees and business,” he says.
He recently published a memoir based on 20 years of experience working in corporate HR. Caroline Happy“The number of ‘wellness specialists’ belonging to large companies or working as freelance consultants is increasing.”
“Actually it’s not that you can outsource well-being,” he said. “These professionals should work with HR to raise leaders.”
According to Hopdee, the role of ‘health expert’ is twofold. First, to support leaders to better manage the different ways they work in a team. Second, to strengthen the skills needed to communicate with employees about ‘being well-being’.
So, personally, what do you think is needed to contribute to mental health?
(* At IDG Connect, we would love to hear from you what actions businesses can take to promote mental health in the IT workplace. This surveyGet involved and tell us your thoughts.)
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