There’s No Shame in Having a Mental Health Difficulty

there's no shame in having a mental health difficulty

Can you believe it?

Summer is well and truly over with the return to school, college or work this week and of course, the sun is shining – well it was when I wrote this!

September has become synonymous with businesses planning for the next year, budgets – cutbacks or spending and setting targets.  It is also the month that See Change launch their Annual Green Ribbon Campaign to get as many people as possible talking about mental health to help end stigma and discrimination.  Now in its 10th year, the theme for the 2022 is “There is no shame in having a mental health difficulty”

So, for the month of September, I will take their lead and talk about mental health.  We all have mental health, some days it is good while other days are not so good – and that is OK!  I will be sharing information on ways to well-being and simple steps to take in the workplace to positively manage your own mental health and encourage staff or colleagues to do the same.

Societal recovery from covid continues.  There are numerous reports on the impact that lockdowns have had on life – as a person and as an employee, our expectations have changed.  Last month I wrote about supporting employees who have taken up studies, this month in my research I am coming across an increasing number of articles on the Quiet Quit. 

In an article written by Petula Martyn for RTE Quiet quitting-The work trend taking over TikTok, Ms Martyn explains quiet quitting doesn’t actually involve quitting. Employees are ‘quitting’ going above and beyond. They are logging off at 5pm sharp, doing only assigned tasks, and declining to do any extra unpaid work.

It is regarded as a response to hustle culture and burnout, and while many people were not in a position to resign from their jobs, they did reassess their relationship with work and opted instead to ‘quit’ quietly.

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Have you heard of this new phenomenon? 

Solicitor Richard Grogan, who specialises in Employment Law is quoted in the article as saying

the quiet quitting phenomenon tells me that there is a lot of disconnect between employers and employees and that that disconnect is getting worse“.

Will this quiet quitting fade away quietly?  Or will it mask an underlying feeling of discontent and disconnect?  How will quiet quitting affect mental health in the workplace? Surely it cannot be good for a person’s mental health to turn into work every day feeling disconnected.  I think I would leave if I was in that position!

What are your thoughts on quiet quitting?  Please do let me know your thoughts or questions on this by emailing [email protected]

If you found this article interesting, thought-provoking and worthy of a share, please do forward it to your colleagues. The more conversations it sparks, the better the awareness and the easier it becomes for everyone to talk.

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