Are you one of the 26% of employees that are so anxious about work that they dread going back to work on Mondays?
Is your sleep disturbed by worries about work?
How much time do you spend agonising over a presentation, a meeting, a difficult phone call or a sales-follow-up? How does that affect your mental well-being? owHeadaches, sweaty hands, exhaustion? How does that affect your productivity? Procrastination, difficulty focussing, easily distracted?
If we want it or not, the pressure is on. Recession is the time when more work needs to be done by less people, where clients are precious as there are less of them, and when resources in general are less available.
Mental health charity Mind’s chief executive, Paul Farmer, said: “Considering how much time we spend at work, it is hardly surprising it can have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing. Working conditions have been incredibly tough and the emotional fallout of the recession doesn’t just centre on people who have lost their jobs, but on people who are struggling to cope with the extra demands of working harder, longer hours and under more pressure as their employer’s battle for survival.”