How to Cater for the Psychological Wellbeing of Employees


There are many factors that define a company, particularly when it comes to the welfare of its employees. Some companies boast of well-paying jobs while others are renowned for their enviable working environment. Moreover, most career advisers today focus on the external facets that define an employee’s wellbeing. This goes to show us that the career world has predominantly focused on the external manifestations that shape one’s career…

See also: The Secrets Of Workplace Wellbeing

A Dangerous Path

The problem with this rather monopolistic approach is that work experience gradually becomes a numbing affair. It’s no wonder many people today are even more stressed out despite the impressive strides they make in their careers:

  • For instance, more and more people are multitasking on study and work.
  • This should sound like good news until the psychological wellbeing of the people is put into perspective.
  • Thus, you’ll find that many careerists today are undergoing a numbing transformation.
  • Study becomes more about survival for the fittest rather than a fulfilling and enlightening experience.
  • The same thing applies to work whereby you’ll find that efforts are geared towards survival instead of career fulfillment.
  • Finding jobs also becomes more about the desperation to survive instead of a career that suits you best.

This, in turn, transforms us into…

Thinking Automatons

When you consider what we’ve discussed above from a psychological point of view, you’ll see a very clear pattern:

  • And it is the fact that more and more people have been numbed. In the process, they’ve become thinking automatons in order to maintain consistency at work.
  • The noble virtues of passion, fulfillment and talent are gradually being replaced by a numbing experience to merely get the job done.
  • Employees deliver but they suffer in silence considering the fact that their psychological facets are now becoming increasingly irrelevant.
  • It’s no wonder sayings like ‘everybody’s got their own problems’ have become quite popular in recent times…

How Then Does One Cater for the Psychological Wellbeing of Employees?

It is important to clarify at this point that empathy is key:

  • Unfortunately, most workplaces are coldblooded and unforgiving venues of hard work.
  • The employee that doesn’t perform is often dismissed as incompetent, lazy and ineffective.
  • This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the fact that many employees are desperately clinging onto their careers with the current volatility of job markets today.

Thus, in a bid to cater for the psychological welfare of employees, one should…

1. Seriously Consider the Inward Transformation of the Employee

When the employee is observed from a technical perspective, good work performance automatically implies great employee wellbeing:

  • However, many employees prefer to suffer in silence rather than confront their superiors about certain issues for fear of losing their jobs.
  • There are also employees that choose to overlook their psychological issues as we said earlier. They do this by numbing themselves in order to keep going and maintain consistent work performance.
  • When you consider the kind of transformation that such an employee is going through, one can clearly see that the psychological facets are increasingly being traumatized.
  • To the employee, this trauma gradually transforms into an indication of weakness and nothing more.

2. Reassess the Long-term Psychological Implications for Each & Every Role in the Workplace

Different employee roles have corresponding psychological implications:

  • As obvious as it sounds, many companies are yet to consider the long-term implications of different employee roles.
  • It is also important to state here that friends and loved ones get affected as well.
  • If an employee is a parent, then the psychological trauma is likely to extend to family affairs.
  • Their social wellbeing is also likely to suffer, and that’s why social skills nowadays have greatly diminished.
  • Some might argue that social interaction has grown tremendously. But in the process, quality has been compromised and it has now become quite diluted, shallow and numb.
  • On the other hand, a rollercoaster of emotions might offset psychological extremes.
  • For instance, someone might be very happy at one moment, but you don’t want to be close to them when they’re enraged because both aspects are to the extreme.

3. Study the Principles and Belief Systems That Define the Employee Mindset

It is said that the mind is the source of all matter and all that matters. Take the story of creation, for instance, whereby you’ll find that the mind of the creative force conceived our world by word of mouth:

  • Flash forward to our present day and you’ll find that an employee’s mindset tends to shape their career journey.
  • It has even been proven that scientific findings are more or less influenced by the beliefs of the scientist.
  • Thus, if you assess the employee’s psychological perspective, you’ll find that the outlook of an employee tends to be shaped by their individual principles and belief systems.
  • This brings us full circle to how individual psychological issues are shaped.
  • Thus, to fully comprehend the psychological mindset of an employee, one needs to understand the basic construct that defines their everyday struggles and challenges.

Having read this article, some of you may still underestimate the psychological wellbeing of employees and state that everyone has issues to deal with. But remember: extreme cases of psychological disorder usually emanate from the systematic suppression of pent-up issues in hopes that it will get away with time. But as Sigmund Freud once said, “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”