Workplace Depression—The Invisible Killer of 21st Century职场抑郁症

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Depression is an enormous burden on its own, let alone in the workplace, where one risks discrimination, isolation and even unemployment if they choose to disclose that they are facing signs of depression.

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are an estimated 350 million people worldwide suffering from depression. While other deadly conditions such as heart diseases or AIDs can be easily detected, depression often kills silently.

In Malaysia, the number of people facing depression is on the rise. According to the National Suicide Registry, 60 Malaysians take their lives every month due to depression.

Unfortunately, our society is still lagging behind in coping with this problem. The fast-paced changes in our workplace have only added more burden to workers’ mental health. The market has become more demanding about the quality of work, yet the quantity of work keeps piling on to each worker as companies seek to retrench and reduce labor costs.

While stress is something that everyone experiences at work, not everyone is able to manage stress in a healthy way, and that should be our concern. Someone with clinical depression may be especially vulnerable to highly stressful situations, especially if their depression is not adequately managed.

The author of Beat the Blues Before They Beat You: How to Overcome Depression, says added stress at work might be contributing to depression. “There are increasing demands for productivity to increase profits, while support staff has shrunk,” says Dr Leahy. “Moreover, people often report feeling stuck in a no-win, glass-ceiling job, but they fear being out in the market place in such difficult times. As a result they feel trapped and helpless.”

To make things worse, many do not even know they are suffering from depression, and even if they suspect it, they often choose to hide it because they fear losing their job.

I know many people who read this blog are managers. To be a responsible boss, we need to constantly pay attention to our staff’s mental health, and create a healthy working environment. Here are three main issues that may cause your employees to suffer from stress and possibly depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues. We should pay attention to these causes:

  1. Problems with marriage, family or finances. These are common problems that everyone has a chance of facing. If handled inadequately, it can severely affect worker’s morale and productivity.
  2. A stressful working environment, unfair treatment, unsustainable workload, bad relationship with one’s superiors can all cause huge stress at the workplace.
  3. The pursuit of perfection—perfectionists often feel that they are unable to handle the work they have been given. They impose unrealistic standards on themselves and do not know how to handle stress.

The good news is that depression is treatable. Early recognition of the condition, having access to the right information, and adequate treatment can help people get on the path to recovery and go back to work quickly. Healthy employees are able to perform much better at work and form better relationships. Many mental health problems in the workplace can also be prevented when managers put in the effort to create mentally healthy workplaces for everyone.

If you are someone that is suffering from signs of depression, remember that there are many avenues of support and treatment out there that you can seek out. You do not have to suffer in silence. If you are constantly stressed at work, try to realign your priorities and schedule: no amount of money you make can compensate for the loss of happiness, mental health and passion for life.

Last but not least, to managers and bosses: let us remember that being kind to employees means retaining valued workers and a creating a productive workforce. That is the strongest argument for investing in our workers’ mental health.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]21世纪职场隐形杀手——抑郁症(Workplace Depression)

现代人活在快节奏的生活当中,我们一天中大部分时间都是坐在办公室面对电脑,而不是去户外活动、我们的睡眠时间愈来愈短、我们宁愿以微信、WhatApps、Facebook等社交媒体,也不愿面对面的交流,结果人与人之间越来越冷漠,孤独感也越来越强。

如此快节奏的现代生活方式产生了文明病——抑郁症,忧郁症已成为全球疾病杀手之一。

根据世界卫生组织(WHO)分析,全球抑郁患者估计有3.5亿名,而抑郁症将会是继心脏病之后最致命的疾病,艾滋病与心脏病有迹可寻,但抑郁症却不易察觉。

长期的中度或重度抑郁症可导致工作、在校以及家庭关系欠佳,最严重时,抑郁症可引致自杀,每年全球的自杀死亡人数估计高达100万人。

在马来西亚,忧郁症患者已有显着的增长,根据马来西亚全国自杀注册事件局(National Suicide Registry Malaysia)的调查显示,每个月就有60名大马人因为抑郁症而自杀。

而抑郁症也成为了21世纪职场疾病的主流病症。研究显示,员工因为情绪问题导致失能、沮丧,所带给企业的损失,往往高于企业倒闭或是罢工。

而选择自杀的人,或许都是大家口中的“人生胜利组”,例如台湾华硕(Asus)财务长张伟明以及美国金球奖影帝罗宾威廉斯(Robin Williams)都选择自尽,他们各自都是该领域最顶尖出色的人,在人前总是坚强能干或欢笑以对,最终却选择自我了断,后来也证实,两人皆不约而同长期罹患抑郁症。这样的个案,让人不禁反思,我们身处的职场里,是否还有很多“隐形”抑郁患者?

根据一项国际调查显示,抑郁症罹病率达3%到8%,换言之,若你所处的企业规模达40人,就可以推算企业中至少有一名同事饱受抑郁症之苦;而欧盟也估计,大约每十个抑郁症患者里,有高达九人是属于劳动人口。如何避免员工承受过大的心理压力与情绪疾病已是先进国最新一波的焦点,也警示着我们不能在忽略这个职场的潜在威胁。
追根究底,员工罹患抑郁症的原因大概有几项:

1.失婚、财政问题、家庭失和等家庭因素是现代社会中常见的问题,这些问题若没处理妥当,将会导致员工无心办公。

2.压力的工作环境、没有公平的升迁机会、工作量不胜负荷、主管与下属的关系不佳等,都能带给员工巨大的情绪压力。

3.追求完美、常常觉得无法胜任主管指派的工作、不懂纾解压力、过度压力也能造成员工心理压力。

在职场上追求成就、要求完美,是老板都乐于见得的事,但懂得追求,就必须懂得舒缓。须知,适当的压力提升生产力与创造力,但过度的压力却适得其反。若将所有的压力与心事都往肚子里吞,迟早有一天会爆发。工作越繁忙,越需要找到适当的纾压方式。

那要如何纾解压力呢?

保持正面思考、多爱自己、多关心自己是最首要的条件,面临低潮之际,一定要找你最信任的人倾诉,或寻求辅导专家的协助,再来就是多运动、多与人交流、多做自己喜欢的事或多吃有营养的食物。

而企业也也能发挥其角色,好比说,我向来致力于打造一个专业却不失轻松、公平公正、主管与下属互动与关系良好的工作环境,我深知,员工是公司最重要的资产,若员工面临身心的困扰,除了影响其工作表现之外,更担心员工将面临的种种生活问题。

自己身为一家企业的领导人,每天需要面对繁忙的行程以及重大的决策,偶尔也会面对工作上的挫败、也会感到疲惫,但我会在工作与生活之中取得平衡,找出适合自己的纾压方式。

对于挫败,我不会让这种负面的情绪停留太久,因为长时间都留在负面情绪当中,会耗损自信心,所以我会调整自己的心态迎接每一天不同的挑战。工作时候全力以赴,但该休息时候则是享受生活,“休息,是为了让自己能走更长远的路”,这句话之所以能成为名言,自有其道理。

人生不可能永远是胜利组与事事完美,要懂得接受人生无常,请相信,生命总有不如意,但它是有限的,而希望却是无限的,若你发现身边的同事或是亲人有抑郁的倾向,请多关心他们,你的帮助或许能挽回一条生命。以生命影响生命,与大家共勉之。

各位读者,若你觉得自己心里有许多的压力想找专业的辅导人士倾诉,这里提供大家全马各地的辅导中心,希望能帮助你找回快乐自信的生活!
http://www.newera.edu.my/counselling_centre/1_Counselling%20Centre.pdf

资料来源:
http://www.who.int/topics/depression/zh/
http://www.guangming.com.my/node/153618?tid=8
http://www.managertoday.com.tw/articles/view/51222
http://www.adaa.org/workplace-stress-anxiety-disorders-survey
http://www.depressioncenter.org/work/
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression-workplace[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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