75% of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. For this reason, many employers complain about the unproductivity of their employees more than ever. This, in turn, impacts the business operation and the bottom line: revenue.
Mental health refers to the psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing of an individual. It affects the way a person thinks or handles stressful events in life. On the other hand, mental wellbeing covers many aspects of personality such as managing emotions, expressing them wisely, dealing with people, and most importantly, feeling good about yourself.
“Mindfulness is a skill set that you can learn, and through constant training, it is possible to achieve sustainable behavior change. It is the ability to stay focused on the task at hand, increasing awareness of thoughts, feelings, habits, and actions.”
It is an undeniable fact that the world is going through a period of accelerated geopolitical and macroeconomic transformation, as evidenced by Ray Dalio in his book The Changing World Order. These changes are even more visible in the world of technology, wherein artificial intelligence (AI) continues to be one of the main disruptors, responsible for introducing a high level of uncertainty and instability. We know that many of today’s professions will cease to exist and be replaced by algorithms. Imagine how this will feel, as it comes to pass.
“We are facing a national mental health crisis that could yield serious health and social consequences for years to come.” – American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Institute of Stress published a report concerning the attitude of American employees at the workplace. Let’s go through the stats briefly.