World Mental Health Day was recently celebrated on October 10th. For me it was a reminder to think about mental health in general, how to take care of it, much like our own body, and the importance of talking about things and getting help when you have problems.
While the general direction of the pandemic looks more positive, the mounting anxiety, stress, and isolation it has brought about is having a longer-lasting impact on people’s mental health – one in four adults says their mental health is significantly worse is than before the pandemic.
About the author
Lars Lauridsen is Senior Global Product Manager at Logitech.
For those who work, how we treat our colleagues Employee and the quality of our work environment, be it in office or at home, can have a major impact on our job satisfaction and therefore our mental health. For some, coworkers may be the only people they interact with in a day. This is where the right technology is crucial for companies to facilitate conversations with colleagues and improve the feeling of inclusion, as well as to provide tools that help to improve posture, comfort and thus mental well-being increase.
Video as a force against loneliness
There are many advantages for to work from home. Few of us would say we miss the commute to work, and while home schooling has been a huge challenge, it has also given parents more time to spend with their children. But for those who work at home alone or work remotely for long periods of time without coming to the office, it can feel isolating and lonely.
Earlier this year, the Office for National Statistics released a map depicting the UK’s exploding loneliness. It is known that loneliness increases the risk of depression and anxiety, exacerbates stress, and lowers self-esteem. . This has led many to think about hybrid models where employees are a mixture of remote control and office work, but those who work from home shouldn’t feel left out by colleagues in the office. When it comes to maintaining a solid social connection remotely, E-mail and instant messaging is not enough. Humans are social beings by nature, and we are programmed to respond to facial expressions and body language.
Through the most modern Video conferencing Institutions can virtually meet teams without interruption. Webcams with high quality microphones and easy-to-use optics is a great tool to facilitate body language communication and conversation and helps overcome any feeling of loneliness. Simply making eye contact and having some sort of face-to-face interaction can have a huge impact on your sense of inclusion and help you forge better, closer connections no matter where you work. This in turn helps to lay the foundations for a workforce that works better together in the long term.
Well-being for the whole body
If we understand well-being as “feeling good and functioning well”, that also means thinking about our physical health. Employees cannot be expected to be most productive when faced with aches and pains due to their work ethic. Yet the pandemic has put just as much strain on our bodies as it does on our minds. In fact, the two are intertwined. Numerous studies support the idea that the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and the associated pain and discomfort has a direct impact on mental health.
Businesses should deploy Mice and Keyboards which have ergonomic influences in their design, as they make a great contribution to alleviating these problems. Keep the following in mind: the average office worker moves their mouse an average of 30 meters per day. That’s six miles a year, which is up to 27 miles for a heavy user, with an average of 2-3 million keystrokes per year. We use our mice and keyboards a lot, and if they sit badly, they get really stressed over time.
For companies, this means investing in the future and supporting the well-being of employees with peripheral devices that complement the natural formation of the body. For mice, consider something that conforms to the hand and supports the thumb and wrist. There are also split keyboard options that allow for natural rest of arms and wrists, and also relieve strain on the neck and shoulder muscles. A more natural posture leads to a measurable reduction in muscle activity – so employees can work just as productively and put less strain on their bodies.
A holistic view of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
World Mental Health Day may be over, but mental health is a major issue that needs to be supported throughout the year, like our physical health. To achieve this, the technology for hybrid working must pursue a holistic, human-centered and science-driven approach. This requires changing the workplace and ensuring that wherever people work is fit for purpose and well-being supported.