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You're probably not talking about mental illness with the people in your office because you think it's a stigma and only relates to crazy people. The truth is, you have a responsibility to support those experiencing mental health issues in your workplace- for the sake of their wellbeing and yours.

This post guides you through the things to know about working with someone with a mental illness, covering topics from open office plans and desks to social media etiquette.

Why Mental Health Matters in the Workplace

It's no secret that mental health has a significant impact on our lives. But did you know that it can also affect your job or business? Here are some things you need to know about mental health as it relates to your job or Business:

1. Your mental health can affect your job performance. If you're struggling with mental health issues, it creeps up in your work. You might have difficulty concentrating and be forgetful. Having a tough time completing tasks.

2. Your mental health can affect your ability to run a successful business. Mental health issues can make it hard to handle the day-to-day demands of running a business. You might have trouble making decisions, staying organized, or dealing with stress.

3. Your employees' mental health can affect your business. Employees struggling with mental health issues will have an issue with absenteeism, productivity, or creativity. Additionally, their mental health problems can create a hostile work environment for other employees.

What Are Some Signs that Your Job is Hurting Your Mental Health?

There are several signs that your job may be harming your health.

If you find yourself feeling excessively stressed, anxious, or depressed while at work, or if you are struggling to concentrate or complete tasks, these may be signs that your job is negatively affecting your mental health. Feeling isolated or disengaged from your work or experiencing increased conflict with co-workers. If you notice any of these symptoms it is imperative to take steps and address the issue.

How To Cope with Spouse and Family Reactions When You Come Home from A Bad Day at Work

Bad days at work are inevitable. But when you come home to your spouse and family, it can be challenging to know how to cope with their reactions. Here are some tips:

  • Try to stay calm and avoid getting defensive. It will only make the situation worse.

  • Explain what happened briefly and objectively.

  • Focus on the positive aspects of your day

  • Don't dwell on the negative. Let it go and move on.

  • Spend time outdoors with mother nature.

  • Listen to music or watch a relaxing movie


We've come to the end of our series on mental health and work. At Lightbulb Business Consulting, our Beacon Fest initiative will tackle these issues. Whether you are a business owner, family, employee or employer, the forthcoming festival is designed with you in mind. Enquire today or visit our website


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