Written by: Karen Ellis
What do you think your work life has to do with your “thought life”? Because our mood affects all aspects of our day-to-day lives and work occupies one-third of our lives, we must not discount its impact on workplace safety (Litvack, 2021). This is why Budee has taken a well rounded approach to health and safety (H&S). When we think about H&S we primarily think about policies, rules, and regulations. In recent years, however, companies have begun to place more emphasis on mental health, violence in the workplace, and employee satisfaction. This is why assessing one’s own mental health is an important aspect of H&S.
According to a recent survey by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 72% of respondents reported daily stress that interferes with their everyday life (Jones, 2017). Anxiety affects every aspect of a person’s life, including work. The study, further, reports that over half of employees say that anxiety affects, not only their job performance, but also has a negative impact on their relationships with coworkers and peers.
“Over half of employees say that anxiety affects, not only their job performance, but also has a negative impact on their relationships with coworkers and peers.”
In our last article we outlined how daily using the Budee application can be a useful tool for an individual to check-in with him/herself. By doing regular, mini self-assessments, behind the-scene trends are recorded and alerts are sent to users and administrators. But this is not Big Brother! The alerts do not give any personal details: they simply serve as an opportunity for supervisors to have meaningful conversations with employees and for workers to become aware of their day-to-day mental health.
Since anxiety can affect work performance it follows that workplace anxiety can affect an entire operation! Most research on anxiety in the workplace reports that, when depression and anxiety are effectively treated, “companies can reduce their number of job-related accidents, rate of employee turnover and sick days, and can improve employee productivity” (Jones, 2017). Budee does not profess to diagnose physical nor mental health conditions. It is, merely, a convenient, easy-to-use tool to comfortably fit many aspects of H&S into a tidy, little package.
Next time, let’s delve further into job productivity and safety in the workplace.
Jones, C. (2017, Oct 16). How anxiety hurts workplace productivity. The Business Journals.
Litvack, W. (2021, July 29). Mood assessment. Budee Solutions.