From a leadership and human resources perspective, the emphasis on employee mental well-being has never been more intense. Perhaps weighing on their minds is the knowledge that workplaces who take effective action to create mentally healthy workplaces can expect a return on investment of $2.30 for every dollar spent (PWC, 2014).
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 led many to believe that the lockdown, remote work arrangements, and business interruptions would be short-lived.
Fast forward to today and although vaccines are becoming available to greater numbers of our population, the uncertainty about the future of where, how, if, and when people work, remains unclear.
With Mental Health Week upon us, it is an important time to reflect on what leaders and HR practitioners can do to address a newly surfacing mental health concern called languishing.
Languishing was first written about by sociologist and psychologist, Corey Keyes. He described it as a “state in which an individual is devoid of positive emotion toward life, and is not functioning well either psychologically or socially, and has not been depressed during the past year.”
A recent article in The Atlantic also describes symptoms of languishing particularly as it relates to forgetfulness, the loss of daily routine, and a sense of fogginess in the mind.
An employee is languishing when they are not depressed, but also not flourishing. They are somewhere in between.
Common signs of languishing include
These signs provide indicators of languishing, but there may be other health, socio-economic or familial co-factors to consider. This list is intended to provide examples of what to look for as it relates to languishing.
If you sense that languishing is apparent in your organization, consider the following tips to bring greater awareness to this modern mental health challenge.
These are just some of the many tips and resources available to promote a healthy workforce.
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