It’s a sad reality, but it’s true: a lot of employers and businesses don’t care about their employees’ mental health. The reason for this is the fact that businesses tend to focus on that which affects the business, and they often don’t think that that includes employee mental health. But in fact, the opposite is true: an employee’s mental state can have a big impact on their work as well as the business overall. One big way of seeing the effect of an employee’s mental health in the workplace is to have a look at their self-esteem. A person’s self-esteem plays a big role in their mental health, which can then affect the company. We’ll be discussing how this works, as well as what can be done about it.
It affects their performance
If employees don’t feel enough self-worth, this will affect their mental health and cause them to perform badly at work. This low self-esteem can come from negative thoughts about themselves, as well as negative comments made in their personal lives or even in the workplace. Because of this low self-esteem, the employee won’t believe that they have the ability to perform well, and therefore they won’t. This low performance will only lead them to believe that they were right in the first place, which will lower their self-esteem again. You can see how this leads to a vicious cycle. There are various ways of measuring employee productivity to identify any possible problems.
It causes a bad work environment
People are social, and for a lot of people, the main time where they get to interact with others is at work. Unfortunately, we often tend to be affected by other people’s moods. This means that if one employee has low self-esteem and is very negative, other employees will likely start to feel the same. No matter how hard you try to improve your employees’ well-being, a negative work environment isn’t fun for anyone.
Focus on their strengths and weaknesses
Now that we’ve established how low self-esteem can affect an employee’s mental health as well as the business overall, let’s get into what you really want to know: what can you do about it? Of course, the obvious solution is to improve their self-esteem, but that’s easier said than done if you don’t know where to start. We recommend you start by helping your employees recognize their strengths. This will boost their self-worth. You should also get them to work on their weaknesses so that they can improve upon them. One way of identifying these strengths and weaknesses is by having employees do a personality test. This will allow you to see the strengths and weaknesses of each personality types, such as ISTP weaknesses.
Another way of helping to improve an employee’s self-esteem is simply by acknowledging their hard work, and praising them when they do something right. Employees may feel very demotivated if they feel that no one is seeing their efforts. A “good job!” here and there can make all the difference. You can also reward your employees if you want them to truly feel seen and appreciated.
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