Starting a new job creates mental health challenges, a recent study shows

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With a recession imminent, job seekers remain optimistic about their prospects for the coming year. at recent days List of jobs In a survey of 30,000 job seekers in the United States, nearly two-thirds of respondents said they plan to change jobs in the next year. Despite bogus job offers, growing economic concerns due to inflation and high interest rates, the majority of job seekers already feel satisfied with their position in the job market, according to a Joblist survey. They believe their job prospects are better now than they were a year ago, that it’s still a market for job seekers and that they still have the upper hand, despite continued tech layoffs, rising inflation and the International Monetary Fund predicting a recession for a third of the world.

The effect of job stress

new Monster poll It also found that 96% of workers are looking for or plan to look for a new job this year, but many experience “new job stress” from mental health challenges both inside and outside the workplace. Job seekers in the Monster Study gave different reasons for looking for a new job. Key findings include:

  • 67% say they have been working in a toxic workplace and are stressed.
  • 54% say their roles were different from what was described during the interview.
  • 40% got a better offer at a different company.
  • 16% worry about the financial future of their company.
  • Fifty-four percent said they stayed in a job for less than half a year before they “quickly quit”.

During the job search phase, job seekers said they were worried about finding a job. Key findings include:

  • 87% of job seekers have new job tensions when starting a new job.
  • 53% of workers say starting a new job is more scary than a trip to the dentist, holding a spider or snake and skydiving.

Once they get the job, workers get nervous about the onboarding process. Key findings include:

  • 50% have moments when they worried they might be expelled or deemed ineligible.
  • 46% have moments when they regret accepting a new job offer.
  • 30% have moments they wish they could stay at their old job.
  • 25% put off filing PTO applications.
  • 22% say they have not performed to the best of their abilities.
  • 65% of workers felt impostor syndrome – feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy.

Workers said their work tensions spilled over into their personal lives outside the workplace. Key findings include:

  • 59% lost sleep due to new job stressors.
  • 49% had negative physical or emotional symptoms.
  • 35% struggled to balance all of their personal and professional commitments.
  • 19% say they have struggled in their personal relationships.
  • 25% reported that job stress lasted for up to three months before they felt settled and comfortable in their new company, and 7% said they did not feel settled until a full year on the job.

What employers can do to relieve job stress

Since job tensions seem to be an issue for the employee during the job search phase as well as during the onboarding process, I spoke with Dr. Nina Vasan, Chief Medical Officer at TRUE, on how to get employees to talk about mental health issues. “First of all, there’s still a lot of stigma,” she explained. “While more people are talking about mental health issues in the community and in the workplace, many employees worry about talking about them in the workplace because they don’t feel confident that their manager or the workplace will be supportive of them.” She went on to say that workers are concerned that their performance will be judged differently if they reveal they have a mental health problem. “People share that they worry that they might not get the same opportunities, that they won’t be promoted, that their compensation will suffer or that they might be let go.” She advises that changing the narrative starts at the top in every organization and suggests several actions that leaders can take.

  • vulnerability model. “If the leaders in your organization are sharing openly about their mental health, it opens up space for employees to share their struggles.”
  • Be proactive. “Check into organizational health on an ongoing basis. Don’t wait for stress and burnout to spread through your organization.”
  • Implementation of assessments. “Participate with your HR team to conduct surveys on employee engagement and wellness to keep a pulse on mental health for your organization.”
  • Standardizing mental health discussions. “Normalize having these conversations in the workplace one person at a time.”
  • Offer benefits. “It is also important for employers to consider the benefits they offer their employees. The status quo of mental health coverage and utilization remains very low. When companies proactively change their benefits to include more mental health treatment options, this can have a significant impact on the mental health of the workforce.” Qualities that employers should look for when evaluating mental health benefits include: Are these benefits attractive, inclusive, and welcoming, and can their employees use these benefits anytime, anywhere?”
  • Keep in mind after hours. “One of the most important benefits of a mental health benefit is providing your employees with tools they can use ‘after hours.’ We know that traditional healthcare hours overlap with traditional business hours, and it is critical that people access care and proactively address mental health issues outside of work. traditional workday.

What employees can do to relieve job stress

While employers are responsible for providing it Mentally good work cultureEmployees also have a duty to take responsibility for mental health in the workplace. Vasan shares five ways workers can protect themselves while working remotely and in the office.

  • Set boundaries. “This includes your hours and the workload you do (or don’t). If you work from home, take steps to set boundaries between your work life and your home life so that you’re not working 24/7.”
  • Engage in proactive care. “Don’t forget to make time for doctor’s appointments, incorporate movement into your day and eat nutritious food to fuel your body. There is a strong mind-body connection.”
  • Take breaks throughout the day. “A five-minute break every hour can greatly increase your productivity and well-being. Taking adequate breaks gives you time to recharge for the day. This can be as simple as getting up from your computer and stretching, or getting outside and walking around the block a few times.”
  • take a vacation “Too many people don’t take vacations proactively. They wait until they experience burnout and ‘need’ time off. If your employer offers paid time off, take it! Separating from work is a healthy way to prioritize your mental health.”
  • asking for help. “If you feel your workload or schedule is affecting your mental health, talk to your manager before things reach a crisis situation.”

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