Negative work environment can cause illnesses like depression and anxiety
Many people ask themselves: can a hostile work environment lead to serious health problems? And the answer, unfortunately, is yes! Bipolar disorder, panic syndrome and depression are the most common complications. The stress that comes from work, impacts mainly from anxiety and the evolution of this anxiety, it can become a disease.
Negativity, dissatisfaction, dismay, sadness, anxiety progress to more severe pictures, however , when people realize the seriousness of the problem, it is time to go for medication.
If the hostile environment is the cause of these diseases, I can not say, it is like the story of the egg and the chicken, about whom comes first. But that a bad environment harms health, it harms.
We can say that the environment is the soil where the seeds that are planted will sprout. If we plant good coexistence, confidence and good ideas will emerge and mutual growth will naturally occur.
For WHO (World Health Organization), "adherence to the principles of healthy working environments avoids distances and incapacities for work, minimizes health costs and costs associated with high turnover, and increases long-term productivity as well as quality of products and services. "
Types of work environment
Has studies that define well, types of environment. We can classify work environments into three realities: negative, neutral, and positive.
For the negative environment does not require much description, just remember most of the environments we know. People who are eternally dissatisfied, the cutting edge of language in the corridors, in the cafes and wheels of conversation is the life of others, the failure of the other, how much the boss or so-and-so is the company's gossip, that is, the famous and indispensable gossip . Everything is commented with pessimism and negativism, there is pleasure in saying that it will not work, that it went wrong, that I do not know who has done wrong, and the focus is always on the negative aspects of the company and the people who drive it and who participate in it . Assume something that is not your obligation, nor think!
The neutral environment is that of whatever it does, no matter if things are moving for better or for worse, it makes no difference, I have nothing to do with it, the order is "do not do anything you do not have to do". What reigns is the resigned energy. So do the bare minimum, speak ill of people only if it is with a lot of description and secrecy. Acknowledging and congratulating what is right or positive is almost forbidden.
In the positive environment, people are happy to relate, relationships are truer, they do not judge themselves without having all the facts at hand. There is no inference, it is checked before deducing, the important thing is not who is right, but what is best for the team, if it makes sense to understand people and their intentions, the main goal is the common good. Volunteering is a value easily noticed. Contribution and kindness are evidences. In this environment, it is not necessary to "take care" of the people, the interest to hit is greater than the intention to neglect, because the will of each one is to do its best and this has become a challenge of its own and is no longer just one more task.
In the positive environment is where there is inspiration. If more people knew how to create organizations that inspire, we could live in a world where statistics would be the reverse - a world in which more than 80% of people would love their work. People who enjoy their work are more productive and more creative. They come home happier and have happier families. They treat colleagues, customers and consumers better. Inspired contributors help businesses and the economy grow stronger. Sometimes people are not even doing exactly what they like, but they love the environment so much, that the relationship with that work becomes pleasurable.
It's hard to say whether it's the inspiration that makes a positive environment or it's a positive environment that inspires. But the important thing is perhaps not even knowing which one is the first, but knowing that these factors go together.
If the environment in which you live may not be so good, breathe in, being the change you want to see in the world. This is Gandhi's advice and it works. But if you no longer feel the energy to engage in it, look at yourself, go investigate, because if sadness and despondency grow unaccompanied, the situation can complicate. As long as it's just laziness, self-indulgence, or the attack of always placing responsibility is not outside of you, so far so good, the problem is when you become manic when you become depressed.
Recognizing Your Work Environment
And how do you know if your work environment is making you sick? It's stop and look at how you feel at work. Does the way you live in your company undermine your self-esteem? I'm not saying that everything has to be always a sea of roses, near the enchanted world, because the corporate environment already has a pressure and difficulties that are inherent in its nature. I'm telling you to look at coexistence, relationships. Think about whether you are in an environment without trust, which makes you feel scared and insufficient as a person. Repense.
The daily practice of values established by the company are precursors of the ideal environment. Truth, transparency, honesty, respect and trust among others, these are values that need to be taken seriously.
- What do you think the impact of your behaviors on your work environment has been?
- What do you take with you? do you work, do good, or hurt you and the people around you?
What's important in a work environment is what you can not see. Stay tuned. And people are primarily responsible for creating the positive or negative environment. Do you want healthy people? Make a healthy environment. Want a healthy environment? Make healthy people.
Start for you!
Ana Paula Bellati is a psychologist, master coach and director of UM%, a São Paulo company focused on coaching and people development.
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