“When I was depressed, I buried myself in my work. No one could see it was a means of avoiding the problems in my life.”
The workplace can be a great environment for making social connections and building supportive relationships. People who work in healthy workplaces are more likely to share ideas, work efficiently, engage with each other socially, and feel comfortable being themselves. Whether working in a trade, an office, in retail, or the arts, the culture of a workplace is important for employee mental health.
Workplaces that have pleasant work conditions and encourage honest, open discussion among co-workers are more likely to see happier and more motivated staff. Workplace wellness programs are becoming a bigger part of the overall strategy of many companies. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) have been shown to be very helpful in lifting mental and emotional wellbeing in workplaces all over the world.
If you and your co-workers experience positive mental wellbeing at work, it is likely to boost your mental health outside of work as well. The ties you make with co-workers can connect you with useful resources, broaden your network, and help open up future career opportunities.
Take a look at the resources below to know more about workplace wellbeing. We also have information on work and supporting co-workers.
A closer look
Co-workers who are socially connected are more likely to learn from each other
There is a wide variety of influences to wellbeing for workers
Workplace relationships are important for wellbeing in the workplace
Exercise and nutrition have a positive effect on workplace wellbeing
Social links with co-workers can improve your mental and physical wellbeing
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.