Does Organizational Philosophy Impact Workplace Psychology?

Since many people spend more waking hours at their workplace than at home, the dynamics of the work environment can certainly impact their mental health. High-stress work environments increase the need for stress and anxiety counseling, and intense, dangerous work increases the need for individual therapy, trauma debriefing, and counseling for PTSD. Within an office environment, the company culture, and even how employees are grouped, impacts how people feel about perceived injustices in the workplace. A new study from Rutgers finds that grouping people with like-minded employees makes them more likely to emerge from workplace injustice (real or perceived) unscathed by depression and anxiety. While doing so may make for a more resilient workforce, employers would do well to also address those injustices, not simply equip employees to overcome them.

© Copyright 2010 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Larry

    Larry

    December 28th, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    More work for employers! Since when should it be their responsibility to try to group like minded employees together? Give me a break! You have to learn to get along with other people. This is not elementary school with teacher having to play referee. This is the real world and you ahve to make the most of veery situation. Put your adult pants on and go to work and behave like you know you should.

  • Suzzane

    Suzzane

    December 28th, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    I agree with this. Its not easy getting along with people who are very different from you.Helps to have like-minded people in your team and colleagues around you.

  • Jim Levenstein

    Jim Levenstein

    December 28th, 2010 at 4:29 PM

    Having a co worker sharing interests and you being able to do fun things together when there is no work huh?!

  • Eva

    Eva

    January 1st, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    The best move I ever made was to work from home. You don’t appreciate how stressful a workplace can be until you are on the outside looking in. I see my old workmates occasionally and they are more burned out every time I do.

  • G.M.L.

    G.M.L.

    January 1st, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Working from home’s no walk in the park either. There’s long hours, demanding clients and days when you’re stressed to breaking point. Unreasonable requests are made because it’s wrongly assumed I’m at my desk 24/7, not a normal 9-5 like everyone else. I wouldn’t email my clients at eight o’clock at night on New Years Eve and expect them to answer me before Jan 2 at the earliest. I assume those folks have a life and celebrate holidays with their families. But no, I have a client that doesn’t appreciate that working from home doesn’t mean I’m available to her 24/7 and on holidays. Two angry emails demanding a reply about a non-urgent matter awaited me this morning and the best laugh is she ends it with she won’t be back in the office until Jan 4 to pick up what she wants. Injustice? Tell me about it. I’m a freelancer, not a slave. I gave up the standard workplace to get away from folks like her.

  • Savannah

    Savannah

    January 1st, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    I couldn’t do that, working from home. It’s too solitary. I like the friendships and the office chatter. Looking at my own four walls every day would drive me insane! I’m a people person and not happy being alone. I think I’d be more stressed leading that life than going to the office.

  • Opal

    Opal

    January 1st, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Yes, there can be workplace stress and at some points it’s almost unbearable. Point to one area in life where that’s not the case and I’ll pack up my desk tomorrow. Stress is everywhere. Stress, even stress caused by injustice, becomes a lifestyle choice if you don’t deal with it.

  • Aaron

    Aaron

    January 1st, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    I bet the employees complaining about injustice would be evaluated as the laziest guys in the office by their bosses. In my experience whiners that shout the loudest are covering for their own shortcomings. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

  • Laura

    Laura

    January 2nd, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    That’s not true Aaron! I had a boss that refused to give me an “exceeds expectations” on my appraisal despite me working my butt off for him all year. He gave me the same feeble “meets expectations” that everyone else got. When I challenged him about it, he said it was because if Corporate knew how good I was they want to would “steal me away” to the Management program. I was outraged! That grade also stopped me getting the automatic pay raise an “exceeds” would have too. I left soon after because I couldn’t stand to look at his face for eight hours a day knowing what he’d done. So no, it’s not the laziest bums that feel there’s injustice. Sometimes those that work the hardest get it slung back in their faces.

  • Evelyn

    Evelyn

    January 2nd, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    No-one can treat you badly without your permission, spoken or otherwise. Have some self-respect and stand up for yourself, ladies and gentlemen! You’ll be surprised how far a few words in the right ears of a business can change things.

  • Brenda

    Brenda

    January 2nd, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Anywhere there’s a group of people there will be power struggles and bullies. I don’t care if it’s kindergarten, the office, the PTA or the church hall. There’s always one or two that demean others to make themselves feel big. The difference is corporations can be sued and should be for not protecting their staff from injustices. Don’t complain about it. Take them to court! That’s guaranteed to make you feel better when you do something about it.

  • Stacie

    Stacie

    January 4th, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    I’ve worked with engineers. The day older engineers look at young staff members with anything less than dislike will be the day hell freezes over. Engineers have their own special level of arrogance.

  • vanessa

    vanessa

    January 4th, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Unless you work for an extremely small company, there are avenues open to you to fight injustice. Nobody’s helpless. Talk to Human Resources, your union or as a last resort a lawyer experienced in workplace issues. Take your power back and use it.

  • sylvia

    sylvia

    January 5th, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Human Resources is the best route to go first as your complaint will be documented in your file. You’ll need that in future if you need to prove times and dates. The vast majority of companies have an official complaints procedure. Check your staff handbook for information. Injustices happens too often because we stay quiet.

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