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Hip offices are part of our mental health crisis, here's way

March 12, 2019

 

Companies need to introduce systems in place to tackle mental health in the workplace, argues this entrepreneur.

 

“You should take a mental health day.”

 

This suggestion has become the corporate cure-all for employees experiencing burnout–which as research shows, has hit epidemic levels in America. Given our obsession with work and performance in this country  I do appreciate companies that encourage downtime. But true wellness is about more than the occasional day off. What we need is to change how we view mental health in the workplace.

 

WHY “HIP OFFICES” ARE A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO FIX WORKPLACE CULTURE

Many executives have taken this idea–the culture of the modern workplace–and elected to throw out the corporate layout book by making their office spaces into open, cooperative, colorful lounges. They turn kitchens into a bar after 6 p.m., transform the cubicle scene into a trendy, multipurpose space where staff can hang out after hours. They also invite employees to bring their friends for drinks and snacks.

 

But there’s a fundamental problem here–as I’m sure plenty of other CEOs can attest. Changing the office layout hasn’t prevented the phenomenon of burnout. And it certainly doesn’t address mental health issues. In my ow