While organizations are betting on teleworking and the mixed modality, mental disorders, typical of a complex context, are also increasing. The executive director of HPI International, Isaías Sharon, gave some recommendations to address work stress in El Diario del Maule Sur.

Presential, remote or in a mixed modality, in Chile there are high rates of stress among workers, which shows how the pandemic has impacted them, both for the economic and health issues.

According to the Thermometer of Mental Health in Chile 2021, by the Chilean Safety Association (ACHS) and the Catholic University – which surveyed 1,637 people between the ages of 21 and 68 – 48.9% of respondents said that their worries have made them lose sleep, 20.2% said they felt less or much less able to make decisions and 54.8% said they felt overwhelmed.

In turn, digital fatigue has affected a good proportion of workers. The Thermometer shows that 27% of people who are teleworking have mental health problems. The quarantine is undoubtedly affecting people’s emotional and psychological health, ‘which has led to companies having to put people’s mental health at the center, more than before’, commented Isaías Sharon, CEO of HPI International, a company specializing in training and technological solutions for education and people management.

How to deal with work-related stress

Companies have taken a series of actions to prevent and curb some mental disorders or, at least, to provide greater well-being through specialized programs or those focused on recreation.

Sharon recommended taking some measures to address these problems. He proposed that organizations should restructure their workplaces appropriately through equipment, ensuring a good Internet connection, and providing the necessary tools that do not generate physical difficulties for employees.

In addition, the executive stated that ‘stress must be managed, because we have to reconcile many more functions now’. In this regard, it is essential that companies provide training opportunities for workers, ‘so that they have autonomy and can face day-to-day changes’, said Sharon.

In the current context, some organizations are aware that they can promote work where emotional intelligence is at the center. ‘Things happen to all of us, so it is essential to learn how to channel them and be able to resolve them in a timely manner. The challenge is to do our organizational work without it affecting our physical, mental and emotional health,’ said Sharon.

Precisely, in environments where remote and mixed work is applied, it is essential that employees have autonomy, self-management, can manage time and work collaboratively.