Mental Health in the Workplace
Research has shown that while people may talk about their struggles with mental health more openly these days, the workplace is seen as an environment where employees are meant to maintain an image of professionalism and dedication no matter how they are feeling and coping.
Nearly half of employees that participated in a recent study thought their employer did not take mental health issues seriously. Statistics show that in 2017 nearly 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.
There are many effective actions and practical steps that organisations can take to promote mental health in the workplace; reviewing the company sickness and absence policy and keeping-in-touch arrangements, training on mental health issues, using positive language and demonstrating a culture of support and openness so that employees feel reassured to seek help without any stigma being attached to them.