No one enjoys being stressed, but we’ve all been there before. When we’re stressed, we’re less likely to perform at our best, but did you also know that being stressed has a direct impact on your confidence?
It’s true – your self-esteem can impact your happiness levels and either make life more or less stressful.
If you’re confident within yourself and trust that you can handle what is to come, you’ll likely be able to see difficult situations as a challenge, rather than stress-provoking.
Your self-esteem can majorly affect the way you perform in the workplace. So, how does one increase their confidence and lower their stress levels?
The mental health and wellbeing of employees plays a crucial role in their ability to contribute meaningfully in their personal and professional lives. When mental wellbeing of employees begins to suffer, it has a direct impact on employers and businesses through a drop off in productivity and morale. The fallout is significant.
Employees dealing with stress at work may find they’re unable to perform at their best and it can affect other areas of their life, including their sleep and relationships.
According to the World Health Organisation, depression and anxiety costs the global economy an estimated US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity. WHO also found that workplaces that promote mental health and support those with mental health disorders are more likely to increase productivity, decrease absenteeism and increase retention.
How to support employee mental wellness:
It is estimated we spend 90,000 hours of your lifetime at work. I shudder to think what this number will be in our new WFH normal as the COVID pandemic has turned “work life” balance entirely on its head.
Where many of us use to drive or commute to the office, and once there we had a range of different social connections – this has all gone. Sure, we got zoom – but let’s face it, Zoom can never replace those ‘water cooler moments’ that are so vital for building friendships and relationships, sharing information and knowledge, and catching up on juicy work gossip.
This new WFH mode has completely shifted the way we interact – and that’s affecting us – and not in a healthy way. HR UK reported that stress has skyrocketed by 200% since COVID. In our digital-age, we already had a big problem of never really switching off anyway, but Covid has blurred the lines of home and work life,