Employee Anxiety Series – Post 2

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Just like last time, today’s post will be dealing with anxiety as well. This time, the manager of a very successful MNC will be sharing his views on anxiety. Over to him.

Are you aware of mental health issues in your workspace? If yes, how do you play an active role in supporting your employees?

Yes, I am aware that several employees, owing to overwork, politics, and stress in general, suffer from anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, I can’t do anything to help them unless they approach me or Human Resources.

Do you feel your mental health has taken a backseat or isn’t given priority since you are the boss?

No, I think I am doing pretty well even though I have to manage a lot of people.

Does your company have facilities that tackle mental health Issues?

Yes, we conduct regular sessions on stress management, how to deal with anxiety and depression, etc. But then again, the employee has to be brave enough to stand up and ask for help if they find these workshops inadequate.

Have you been in a situation where an employee confided in you with a mental health issue? How did you help them deal with it?

No, this has not happened so far.

Do you deal with anxiety at work? How do you cope with it?

I rarely get anxious and when I do, I make sure I don’t smoke. Then I lock myself in my office and listen to calming, meditative music.

Could you tell us about a situation in which your anxiety was at its peak? Do you know what triggered it? What did you do to deal with it?

As I said before, I am just not an anxious person. No offense, but I don’t understand how anxiety can control people so much.

Do you believe we need to work on our work culture to support employees with mental health issues and improve their efficiency? What changes must be implemented in order to do so?

One must learn to adapt to the hectic work culture today as that’s basically the way the entire world functions today. Regarding help for employees with mental health issues, as long as companies are providing resources to cope, it is the employee’s prerogative to make use of these resources.

Does your employer address mental health issues at work? Let us know in the comments below. 

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