According to a report by WHO, an estimated 264 million people suffer from depression, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety.
Unemployment is a well-recognised risk factor for mental health problems. WHO states that the risks to mental health include:
- inadequate health and safety policies
- poor communication and management practices
- limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work
- low levels of support for employees
- inflexible working hours
- unclear tasks or organisational objectives
Workplaces that facilitate mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to curtail absenteeism, boost productivity and benefit from related economic gains.
A healthy workplace can be described as one where workers and managers actively contribute by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees.
A guide from the World Economic Forum promotes steps organisations can take to create a healthy workplace:
- Awareness of the workplace environment
- Different employees can improve their mental health by adapting to the work environment
- Learning from the motivation of organisational leaders
- Understanding the opportunities and needs of individual workers, in helping to develop better policies for workplace mental health
Organisations have a responsibility to support individuals with mental disorders in either continuing or returning to work. How does your organisation help employees have good mental health? Share your thoughts in the comment.