Considering the average person spends 90 000 hours at work during their lifetime, it’s more than fair to say that your job is a major contributor to your mental health.
Bryan E. Robinson is a novelist, psychotherapist, and Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He believes that when it comes to figuring out whether or not your job is messing with your mental health, you need to ask yourself these 10 questions.
Is Your Job Messing With Your Mental Health? Ask Yourself These 10 Questions
1 Is your job rapid paced with little time to have casual conversations with coworkers or managers?
2 Does your work environment feel cold, sterile, or devoid of the human touch?
3 Does your workplace thrive on crisis, chaos, and urgency without consideration for employee feelings or personal lives?
4 Do you work for a company that emphasises production, workload, and profit above the welfare and morale of its employees?
5 Does success in your company hinge on over-scheduling and over-committing and overtime on weekdays, weekends, or holidays?
6 Is your employer intolerant of even the most minor employee mistakes?
7 Are you constantly in a hurry, racing against the clock due to job pressures?
8 Is it necessary to juggle many tasks or projects at one time to keep up in your job?
9 Does your company put you under the gun with unreasonable demands or short notice of high-pressure deadlines?
10 Have you had any stress-related illnesses because of your current job?
If the answer was ‘yes’ to most of the above questions, Robinson suggests looking for a new job. ‘Consider a healthier workplace. You might already have signs of stress or burnout or other physical symptoms that lead to bad health.’
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