Quick Thought – Work Culture is So Bad that We Use the Word Quitting to Describe Setting Boundaries.

Quick Thought – Work Culture is So Bad that We Use the Word Quitting to Describe Setting Boundaries.

They are setting boundaries. They are cutting back on their commitment and engagement with work because they see that work is not the most important thing in life. They make decisions based on their mental health instead of the company’s bottom line.

No one is leaving their job in this situation. No one is not doing their work. They are simply not taking on extra work and commitments that they aren’t getting paid for.

Our society’s relationship with work is so skewed that the word we have chosen for this is “quitting”. There’s something profoundly sad about that.

Shared Links (weekly) Oct. 2, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Oct. 2, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Sept. 25, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Sept. 25, 2022

Linked – 49% of workers fear being open about mental health status at work

Linked – 49% of workers fear being open about mental health status at work

There has been a lot of progress, but I fear management has made that progress and ticked the item on the checklist as “done” without really making sure they’ve hit the mark. Yes, they rolled out a mental health benefit or two, but have they done the work to train managers? Have they understood how employees feel about that relationship and whether they trust their immediate manager? That is where an employee needs to feel safe talking about mental health. If that safety doesn’t exist, all the extra benefits in the world will not help.

Shared Links (weekly) Sept. 18, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) Sept. 18, 2022

Linked – How many workers are looking for workplace mental health support?

Linked – How many workers are looking for workplace mental health support?

These are significant numbers for business leaders to consider.

“The vast majority of workers—eight in 10—are seeking workplaces that offer mental health support, according to a survey of employees from the American Psychological Association. The organization’s 2022 Work and Well-being Survey was conducted online by the Harris Poll among more than 2,000 working adults between April 22 and May 2. The survey also found that 71% believe their employer is more concerned about the mental health of employees now than before the pandemic, while 39% of employees have stated that their workplace environment has had a negative impact on their mental health.”