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Workplace Issues

Considering that many people spend nearly one-third of their adult lives at work, workplace issues have prevalence in the psychotherapeutic community. It is impossible to have a workplace where everyone's roles, expectations, and personalities work perfectly together. Nevertheless, certain workplace issues may cause negative psychological symptoms that lead to the diagnosis of a mental health condition such as major depression, generalized anxiety, or posttraumatic stress. These issues may also include bullying or harassment, which can lead to physical or sexual harm to those involved. Workers may find that discussing their workplace stress or challenges with a trained mental health professional is helpful to them professionally and personally.

Common Workplace Issues

Because the perfect workplace does not exist, there are common workplace issues that many workers may face such as: 

  • Authority and independence struggles
  • Bullying and/or sexual harassment
  • Communication problems between management and staff
  • Gossip
  • Low motivation and job satisfaction
  • Performance issues
  • Poor job fit

Workplace issues can lead to a lack of production or performance, decrease the ability to actually complete work, and possibly lead to legal trouble. In a workplace setting, it is important that everyone feels that they are safe and valued.


How Psychotherapy Can Help with Workplace Issues

Psychotherapy may be useful in helping resolve workplace issues. People who face workplace issues may experience anxiety, depression, anger, or control issues, which contribute to or are a result of issues in their workplace. These mental health conditions can be addressed and improved through various therapeutic strategies. During treatment, goals may be set and accomplished to make work life more satisfying. If applicable, therapy for bullying and/or harassment may be discussed, and coping skills can be taught to workers suffering from this type of abuse. In some instances mental health professionals or organizational psychologists are brought into a workplace to identify areas of concern, as well as to help workers create a more collaborative, healthy work environment.


Therapist Helps with Workplace Bullying - Case Example

Sara, 23, is consistently getting bullied by a coworker at the office. It's made her workplace environment incredibly uncomfortable, and she finds herself getting less and less work done. She also experiences a heavy feeling of anxiety before heading to the office, and often calls in sick to avoid the issue all together. In lieu of quitting her job, Sara turns to a therapist. She learns that she does not have to accept the current office environment as her reality, and what steps to take to feel more comfortable at work. To communicate her feelings at the office, she has an open conversation with her boss about why her work is suffering, and organizes a meeting with her coworker and boss to be mediated by the therapist. After a series of enlightening discussions, Sara feels more confident about going in to work and dealing with coworkers, who treat her with a new found respect.


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Last updated: 05-02-2014


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