Doctors examine the mental health of workers
Researchers have now found that one in three men in a survey said they suffer from poorer mental health through their work. There are several reasons that could be responsible for this effect. Men talk less about their feelings at work and are less likely to seek help with mental health problems.
Mind (Mental Health Charity Organization) scientists found in a large survey that men often work in industries that have some kind of macho culture. This can prevent men from talking about their psychological problems or negative effects of work on their well-being. The doctors published the results of their investigation in the Workplace Wellbeing Index.
Men rarely talk about their problems at work
Men usually have problems talking to their work colleagues about their feelings. The scientists conclude that many men do not talk to their bosses about their well-being either. This can lead to problems and the mental health of the person affected can suffer.
Survey evaluates the data from 15,000 participants
A total of 15,000 subjects took part in the survey. 1,763 participants reported poor mental health. The results of the survey also showed that men are less likely to seek help or take time off from work if they have mental health problems, the experts said.
Men are less likely to be absent from work due to psychological problems or stress
43 percent of the women taking part stated that they had already taken time off due to poor mental health. In contrast, only 29 percent of men were absent from work at some point in their careers for psychological reasons, the scientists explain. 31 percent of the men surveyed said that they can speak openly about their mental health problems at work. For women, this was 38 percent.
Men try to deal with their problems themselves
Generally, men probably try to deal with their problems themselves instead of talking about them and sharing them, the authors speculate. Many men are simply unable to speak to their bosses about the negative psychological impact of their work. Of course, such men will not ask for free time to restore their mental health, even if they really need it, the scientists explain.
Bosses can't help if they don't know about their workers' problems
Our research showed that the majority of managers are confident in helping employees with mental health problems. However, the experts can only provide the necessary support if they also know about the psychological problems of their employees.
More and more employers support their employees with stress and psychological problems
In recent years, we have noticed that employers are increasingly helping their employees to combat stress and mental health problems, including people with already diagnosed mental health problems. This is how the mental well-being of employees should be maintained, the researchers say. However, a lot of work still needs to be done so that employers recognize different approaches on how to address the mental health of workers in their workplace. (as)