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The Relationship Between Your Mental Health and Job Fulfillment

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The rate at which employees quit their jobs due to burnout and stress says a lot about the relationship between our mental health and job fulfillment.

Many employees want to enjoy doing their job and living their lives as well. Everyone wants a job that doesn’t take away their peace of mind, family time, and rest.

A survey carried out by Jobsage showed that more than 1 in 4 persons leave their jobs due to their mental health issues. 

Our mental health can affect our physical health. And as a result, to avoid health issues, many employees end up walking away from their jobs.

However, employers and employees can do better to create an environment that supports positive mental health.

Reasons Why Employees Get Mental Health Issues At Work

The following are causes of mental health issues at the workplace:

  • Stress and anxiety due to too much workload.
  • Unresolved issues at home and workplace.
  • Absence of a mental health support system for employees
  • Lack of interest in the lives of the employees
  • Lack of rest
  • A drop in motivation as a result of burnout
  • Inability to cope with failure and mistakes
  • Lack of good communication from employers to their employees.
  • Depression, outbursts, and anger at oneself
  • Perfectionist behavior
  • Procrastination
  • Pessimism from both the employer, team members, or employees
  • Reduced sense of fulfillment in life

The list can go on. The truth is, aside from work, many other aspects of our lives contribute to our mental health. 

However, it will be great to wake up with something productive to look forward to. Something that doesn’t take a toll on your health.

For example, Imagine you take your time and enjoy the process of baking cakes. While honing your skills, you enjoy an amicable work relationship with your boss and colleagues. 

On the hand, imagine going to work, trying to make an excessive number of cakes with little or no time. You or your colleagues mess up the order of ingredients, and your boss is also having a bad day.

If the poor communication and tension continue, you have one more life problem to worry about.

What’s the Way Forward?

Let’s face it, both employers and employees can have a bad day, home issues, a headache, and personality issues. That’s why the connection between mental health and job fulfillment should not be overlooked.

Understanding that both the employers and employees in a workplace are humans with feelings is the first step to solving the problems that cause mental health issues at work.

The following are steps to take that can reduce the incidence of impromptu resignation, mental breakdown, stress, and reduced motivation:

  • Practice empathy
  • Develop yourself as a leader.
  • Create a mental health support system for both employers and employees
  • Begin with yourself. Humans reflect what they’ve been given. So give respect, love, kindness, and warmth, and the ripple effect will marvel you.
  • Ask genuinely. Observe your colleagues, learn about their feelings, and then offer support.
  • Practice the culture of setting goals as a team.
  • Learn to take breaks or give time offs to employees.
  • Take away the pressure and carry everyone along.
  • As an employer or team member, practice self-awareness and understand when you feel down.
  • Be realistic. The road is not always smooth.

Final thoughts

Mental health awareness is essential for everyone. More importantly, job fulfillment is an essential part of a successful life. 

Therefore, understand that quitting is not the only way to solve mental health issues. After working hard for that dream job, business, or position, you want to enjoy the process.

Good luck as you work your way to a successful life and a fulfilling career. 

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Helen is a down to earth bibliophile who loves to write when she isn't reading. She is geared toward making the world a better place by encouraging individuals to be self-aware, happy, and goal-oriented. She is a personal development advocate and mental health enthusiast.

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