Every profession has its stresses and strains; some more than others. While compliance roles may be high reward, they are undoubtedly high pressure too. The role of the compliance professional has changed in the last ten years more so than most other similar professions.
The compliance professional role has expanded: departments are bigger, and dare we say better, than ever before but with this has come an increase in personal responsibility, as well as the continued need to keep up with a rapidly changing regulatory environment. The need to ‘spin plates’, ‘firefight’ and ‘juggle’ (whatever your preferred colloquialism, and we all have one); our workloads are larger; we are expected to know more, do more, and with less resource and time. Stress and workload pressures are on the increase, as well as longer hours which can impact the work-life balance.
Compliance professionals, according to one study, are burning out.
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is mental health in the workplace, which makes this topic even more important to those in our industry.
The day provides an opportunity ‘for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide’.
How can you make sure that you are managing your mental health in your workplace?
Remain active: the key to ensuring that you are combatting the issue of stress is to remain active. Go for a run or walk to help clear your mind and manage any emotional intensity that you may be feeling.
Take control: time management skills, learning to say no and problem solving are key tools in your arsenal.
Find support: your colleagues will understand your pressures. Talk to your family and friends – sharing your problems ensures that you are alleviating the burden of stress.
Work smarter, not harder: while this may be the buzz phrase of 2017, it’s vital that you are working to this adage. This means learning to prioritise and perfecting the art of time management. Your inbox may never be at zero, but its how you cope with this that is important to your overall health and wellbeing.
Make more time for you: all work and no play…we know how it goes. Make sure that you are making time for things that you find pleasurable.
Find out more at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/managing-mental-health-workplace