We all have been through countless loops of long working hours, tight deadlines and long journeys from home to office in traffic. What follows is a disturbed routine full of inevitable stress, depression and the cycle of sleepless nights. In India alone, 5 crore people are suffering from depression and one out of every 4 cases, is due to stress at work.
There is a total of mere 900 clinical psychologists in India which makes it, in simpler terms, one for a total of 13 lakh people and a total of nearly 4000 psychiatrists with one for every 3,50,000. There is a dire need for mental health services that should be made available across the nation but what’s even more important is awareness. Depression is either denied by the victims or is taken very casually thinking it is nothing critical. The stigma attached to mental illness is also one thing catering to the grave situation of depression in the corporate world. What we don’t understand is that depression is not a character flaw or a weakness, it is real and people go through it. People need to be made aware of the fact that work depression is an outcome of work-life imbalance and isn’t a sign of anyone’s incapability or inefficiency.
Only 50% of people suffering from depression seek or receive professional depression counselling.This lack of treatment in return cripples a person’s productivity and is a major cause of the huge losses to the company. This silent killer not only affects performance, it can also cause employees to make fewer choices for the corporate and its customers. Investing in mental health is as critical as recognising that this is a problem which could grow bigger with time. The investment might be negligible, but it can lower total medical costs, increase productivity, lower absenteeism and presenteeism, and decrease disability costs. Many companies offer Employee Assistance Programs to help employees with challenges and struggles that may affect their personal and professional life. The majority of cases of work depression are mild and able to be supported by such programs as they do not warrant immediate attention. The problem is very real and is severely underfunded, leaving thousands of people without treatment. The primary objective of an employee wellness program is to promote the concept and importance of work life balance and how it helps you achieve a sense of empowerment and control. The definition of work-life balance, however, may vary from employee to employee but in any case, it makes sure that all employees are being treated fairly and being respected as individuals who have personal commitments. Work life balance is integral to an organisation’s culture and directly impacts on talent management, recruitment, productivity, development and business performance. Poor work life balance eventually results in several health issues stress, physical illness, broken relationships and depression. Organisations can help employees get over depression by implementing corporate wellness programs.
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