The Relationship Between Health Risks and Work Productivity
We sought to provide evidence for the relationship between health risks and self-reported productivity, including health-related absence and impaired performance on the job. A cross-sectional analysis was implemented consisting of 2264 employees of a large national employer located in the Northeast. Participants responded to a health risk assessment and work productivity scale.
One of my biggest fears about openly saying ‘hey, I’m not doing okay, I’m sometimes so miserable I can’t get out of bed, I keep having panic attacks, and I need to check that all the switches are turned off for the seventh time before I can sleep’ was how it would affect my relationships with other people.
When you spill what feel like your biggest, heaviest secrets, you’re giving the person hearing them a lot of power: the power to say something hurtful, to reject you, to confirm all the worst things you think about yourself.
I was scared that when I admitted to being not entirely okay and not quite sane, my friends wouldn’t want to be my friends anymore, that my parents would stop being proud of me or would start nonstop worrying, that anyone I wanted to date would be put off; reluctant to date ‘the crazy girl’.
So I was pretty surprised to find the exact opposite to be the case.
Yes, opening up about my mental health and doing the big ‘THINGS ARE NOT OKAY’ reveal has changed my relationships – but for the better.
It was horribly, pants-sh*ttingly scary.