The topic of psychological (emotional) health has become more relevant in our society, especially during a pandemic and war. If a person has psychological difficulties at work, then the consequences affect performance, job satisfaction and quality of life. We decided to reveal this topic from different angles, talking about possible psychological problems and methods of working with them.
What is mental health? Psychological (mental) health is a person’s good and stable emotional state. But this does not mean he is always happy and energetic. Mental health is rather a useful habit to pay attention to your emotional state and the ability to provide yourself with timely assistance in case of various emotional problems.
Good leaders monitor the mental health of employees
It would seem, where does the business have to do with it, and what business does the leader have, what is in the soul of his ordinary employee. But that’s a simplistic view. In fact, Ukraine, even before the war, was one of the leaders in the number of cases of disability due to depression. This suggests that when a person suffers from depression (we are talking about a diagnosis, and not just feeling unwell), then he does not have the habit of seeking help in a timely manner. After all, we all know this feeling – “I can cope with all my problems myself, I don’t need anyone’s help”, right? And then the depression reaches the stage that a person is simply not able to leave the house and, naturally, completely loses interest in work.
Surely every recruiter can recall a somewhat similar state when he cannot bring himself to take on a familiar and not particularly difficult task. Simply because there is no strength and no desire.
In order not to reach situations where it remains just to “go on a long vacation”, “quit”, “change profession”, because “I just don’t have the strength to work anymore” – it is very important to pay attention to your mental health.
How and what are we going to do about it?
Recruiters work with a huge number of people every day, and we want you to come to work with burning eyes, and not with the feeling that you need to “serve your duty.” We know that in wartime you have a double burden. On the one hand, you need to take care of the safety for yourself and your loved ones. On the other hand, you need to keep doing your thing.
What psychological problems you may face:
- Burnout and loss of interest in work;
- Difficulties in communication, conflicts, misunderstandings with colleagues;
- Procrastination and difficulty with self-organization;
- Social phobias and fear of communication;
- Anxiety and inability to focus on tasks;
- Irritability, mood changes;
- Lack of self-esteem…
The war expanded this list, and now the most common problems have been added to:
- Forced migration and difficulties with adaptation to a new place;
- post-traumatic stress disorder;
- sleep disorders;
- Difficulty with the organization of the workplace;
- Postponed life syndrome or lack of understanding of how to live here and now;
- Fear of the future;
- Loss of loved ones.
In addition, those problems that could have been in the pre-war period have now become aggravated. For example, panic attacks, fears, loss of meaning to live, and so on. And this is just a sample list.
When and how to check the mental health of a recruiter?
It is very important to get in the habit of paying attention to your emotional state. And if necessary, take action. Check your psychological state should be done at least once a month. Better yet, once a week.
For example, every Monday analyze whether you want to start work and what emotions it causes in you. Or, self-diagnosis must be completed if you notice that you have begun to have problems from the list above.
What to do if your mental health is at risk?
We ask you to be mindful of your mental health. When we get scratched, we can very well put ourselves a band-aid. When we broke our leg, we needed the help of a doctor and a cast to restore our health. So it is with emotional well-being. If there is a feeling that it is not possible to cope with the problems that exist on your own, you need to seek psychological help.