Talking about workplace stress
You can make lifestyle adjustments for self-care and to manage the situation better. But if the problem persists, reaching out to your manager, HR, colleague or an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) partner can help you get support in dealing with your situation.
Having the conversation
If you have a supportive manager, you may be able to receive practical as well as emotional support at work (flexibility in hours, days off, or a re-evaluation of your tasks to allow for a better work-life balance). It may be easier for your manager to understand your requests once they are aware of the context.
At work you can reach out to your colleagues, and if you have someone you share a good rapport with, try talking to them. You can also talk to your manager, your organization’s HR personnel or an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) partner.
Rapport, empathy and understanding
It depends on the manager and your rapport with them. If they are empathetic, if you trust that they possess the skills to understand your emotional distress and handle this information with care, you can reach out to your manager.
Take up peer level initiatives, regularly engage in communication with employees about the importance of addressing mental health issues. Create awareness about the importance of mental health and wellbeing via organizational initiatives.
Open up multiple avenues to seek help for employees.