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Mental Health in the Workplace

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Mental health in the workplace

Mental health in the workplace use to be a topic of non-conversation.

However, in today’s global modern society, mental health in the workplace is starting to take centre stage. One of the reasons for this shift is that the cost associated with mental health disabilities is higher than those of physical disabilities. Mental illness in Canada is projected to cost $51 billion per year* in healthcare costs, absenteeism and sick leave.

Want to integrate mental health best practices into your corporate culture? Here are a few strategies that companies to get you started:

Provide supportive reintegration back into the workplace after an employee has had a leave of absence

  • Provide resources such as stress management programs for employees
  • Accommodate work-life balance schedules so employees don’t burn out
  • Encourage the use of health care professionals when employees are experiencing some form of psychological distress
  • Providing job security
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Flexible work accommodations where applicable

In order to provide a safe work environment that people feel comfortable working in and sharing their mental wellbeing, companies should follow these strategies and others to open the dialog and reach out to people who are struggling.

The success of your business is balanced on the shoulders of your team. Take care of them and they’ll take care of the business!
 
* Mental Illness and Addiction: Facts and Statistics, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health