What do you expect from your employment situation? For an unfortunate number, the most they can count on is a steady paycheck. Other rights, such as personal dignity and equal treatment, may be out of their immediate reach.
Since the average person cannot risk job loss, they may choose not to act in the face of unlawful conduct like discrimination or harassment. But every time a victim speaks out, it helps bring the workforce closer to occupational well-being.
Essentials recommended by the Surgeon General
Long hours and chronic stress can harm your mental (and physical) health. The Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, believes flexible scheduling, better leave policies and employee access to mental health resources can help. A well-rested, mentally balanced employee is typically more productive, engaged and content.
- Improved ergonomics and physical well-being
- Reduced workplace isolation from peers
- Access to learning and training opportunities
As well, Dr. Murthy stresses the importance of safety and respect for all in the workplace. Not just to ensure physical well-being but to help eliminate psychological harm that occurs in toxic workplaces, many rife with discrimination and sexual harassment.
The current picture
As of 2023, mental health support in the workplace is the exception, not the rule. Further, many employees say that even taking their rightful breaks is not encouraged in their company.
When you cannot obtain even the most basic employee rights, workplace well-being will probably remain out of reach. Here’s the thing, though. Employers are unlikely to prioritize mental health support, safety and other employment issues unless workers call out wrongful conduct.
If you struggle with mistreatment, workplace discrimination or harassment, it may be time to seek a legal opinion. Experienced representation can offer a realistic and beneficial viewpoint, helping to guide your next steps.