Workplace is an employment setting in which people work for an employer or by themselves in order to earn a living. It is a place where work related activities are performed. Types of workplace differ across industries and can be indoor, outdoor or even virtual. There are many examples of workplaces like that of Office, store, factory etc.

Common Workplace Issues

  • Discrimination or harassment

  • Interpersonal conflict

  • Communication problems

  • Bullying
  • Low motivation and job satisfaction

  • Performance issues

  • Poor job fit

Workplace Issues

In a workplace it often happens that people from different backgrounds and areas come and work at one place. Many a times due to difference in their personalities the people might face certain workplace issues. There are many workplace issues these are mentioned below-

·       Interpersonal conflict - Interpersonal conflict is a disagreement that takes place between two or more people in a workplace. It may occur because of differences in personality, misunderstanding between the colleagues and interference in others work. There are many types of interpersonal conflict like that of pseudo conflict, ego related interpersonal conflict, policy related interpersonal conflict etc.

·       Workplace bullying - Workplace bullying refers to the practice by which verbal comments are passed or acts are conducted that cause mental and physical harm to the person in the workplace. This can take place by an individual or a group of people in a direct or indirect manner. This undermines the person’s dignity at work.

·       Workplace discrimination – According to workplace discrimination a person is treated differently and mostly in an unfavourable manner than the rest of the people in the workplace.  Discrimination at the workplace is based on age, gender, race, religion, sex etc. There are two types of workplace discrimination direct discrimination and indirect discrimination.

·       Workplace gossip –Gossip is very common in a workplace. People often talk and discuss about various things in a work setting. Sometimes gossips at a workplace can disrupt social and interpersonal relationships, lead to hurt in the employees and can deteriote a work environment.

·       Performance issues – There are can be problems that occur because of the performance of the employees at the workplace. The employees may not be punctual,they may not produce high output or might lack commitment and consistency. This can in turn lead to problems at the workplace.

Other workplace issues

Apart from these there are many other workplace issues like that of

·       Communication problems

·       Harassment

·       Low motivation and job satisfaction

·       Poor job fit 

Effects of workplace issues

A person spends one third of their time in a day at work. Issues at workplace can greatly impact the physical as well as mental health of the person. Prevalence of workplace issues can lead to stress which can pave the way for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The problems at work setting can result in decreased performance, the person losing his or her job, dissatisfaction and other mental health problems. The workplace issues can also cause legal problems.

Myths and Facts about Workplace

Myth:Longer work hours means more productivity

This is not at all true. If a person works for a long time then it does not ensure greater productivity. Productivity can be attained even if the person works for a short duration.

Myth: People with mental illness do not do well at the workplace and are often poor performers

This is not true. Majority of people with mental illness can be productive as individuals that do not have mental health disorders.

Myth: Men are more work oriented than women

This is not true.Men are not more work oriented than women. In today’s time women seek to be independent and earn a living. Studies suggest that in countries like India women are more work oriented than men.

Myth: Women face more family challenges than men

This is not true. It is generally proclaimed that looking after the household is a challenge for women. But according to a study it is difficult for men to spend time with their family.

How do you know you need counselling/Therapy?

One can find out if they need counselling or therapy by checking the following points:


-You are facing issues at your work place.

-You are not able to balance work and personal life.

-You want to bring a change, but you’re unable to do so on your own, you might want to seek counselling.

-You’re experiencing disturbances which is impacting your day-to-day life like work, social engagement etc.

-You’re experiencing disturbances which impact your overall wellbeing.

-Feeling disconnected from yourself and your loved ones and lazy all the time.

Role of counselling & Therapy in workplace issues

Therapists who specialize in dealing workplace issue can help you immensely in recovering from your work place stress or deal with them. These professionals are skilled in addressing these issues. They can help you to manage your work life balance and deal issues by going into the root level of issue, through emotional exploration, cognitive restructuring, and problem solving techniques. Help you in dealing with life stresses, which are contributing to the problems. The client can work along with the therapist to set short term and long term goals to deal with sleep disorder. 

How does TalktoAngel Help you in dealing your workplace issues ?

TalktoAngel is an online platform that provides quality therapy and other mental health services online. We have qualified and experienced professionals working with us. Work place issues are one of our areas of expertise. We have experts and specialists who have successfully worked previously on cases of the same. Studies have proven that online mental health services are as effective as the conventional mode. Furthermore, at TalktoAngel, we put your needs first. We can help you with flexible appointments, personalized and customized intervention plans all at the tip of your fingers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • • 1 Interpersonal conflict – Communicate with the colleagues in a polite and direct manner. Avoid putting allegation and blaming the people working with you. Interact as much with your co workers and make an attempt to build a good bond with them. Make a note of the issues you are facing with your colleagues. If you are not able to find a solution approach the boss and explain the problem. • 2 Job Duties –Interact with the head if you feel you are made to do extra work which is not fine with you. Keep a look at the opportunity for training in order to aim and attain high positions. Be open to feedback from the boss and people at the workplace. If you feel that the people at the workplace are taking your advantage then file a complaint. • 3 Management of mental health problems –One should approach a psychologist or a therapist when is facing workplace issues. Counselling and psychotherapy can be instrumental to resolve the mental health issues faced by the person. Therapy helps to treat depression, anxiety and other issues that are a result of workplace problems. Psychologists can’t teach skills to cope with these problems. Cognitive behaviour therapy which changes the irrational thoughts, mindfulness, meditation are some of the techniques that can be practised and helps to resolve these issues. Vocational counselling is a form of counselling that is used to mitigate issues at the workplace. Industrial Organisational psychologists also identify the concerns in a workplace. • 4 Remote Working – Set up a computer to meet the need of workplace. Talk to your colleagues and devise friendship with them. Take help if you get stuck at some point. Create boundaries with the people with whom you live.

If you are challenged with any of these issues at work, workplace counseling offers you a safe space to open up – a space where you can find better ways to manage and cope with the issues that are keeping you up at night.


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