We have observed that people find it difficult to discuss their mental health at a workplace and understandably so as one would choose to keep their personal and work matters separate. However, it is highly recommended to have a conversation with your boss if you are struggling with your mental health (not speaking about it could hurt your work performance, resulting in it entangling with your work-life), so that you can feel relax at work, even now more than ever due to the COVID-19 situation.
A common situation that occurs is employees believing their performance outweighs what is expected of them and remain overloaded every time. However, managers believe that they are always supportive of their staff and maintain a work-life balance. Consequently, 80% of the employers think that they are doing the best for their employees, while less than half of the employees think the company is doing enough for them.
For as long as businesses have existed, there has been a misunderstanding between the relation between an employer and an employee. The sad truth is most people don't know how to initiate such a discussion with their manager the fear of opening up to your immediate supervisor could result in poor mental health.
Below are six steps to start the conversation with a manager: