How does today’s work culture contribute to mental health issues?originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
I think the technological advancements that have allowed us to be connected to one another 24/7 across continents—and in more ways than one—have also contributed hugely to the stress levels of the average employee.
All day you have people calling and emailing you; but now there’s also inter-office Slack channels and DMs and you’re checking your personal cell phone in meetings because someone might be texting you info you need, etc. etc. It’s crazy-making!
So I’m sure there are a million other ways in which work culture contributes to anxiety (and other mental illnesses), but for me that was a huge one, and I had to become very focused on extricating myself from it. I did that by taking my phone off the hook for a couple hours a day for respite, by refusing to join conference calls and meetings that didn’t have anything to do with my projects, by consciously not looking at emails that came in after dinner, and other ways… which eventually led to me quitting the corporate world altogether to work for myself.