How leadership can impact workplace mental health

Thousands of books claim to include the most important knowledge and skills required to be an excellent leader. However, there’s much less written on the key knowledge and skills required for a leader to effectively prevent stigma, promote mental health and support employees’ mental health in the workplace. Many employees and leaders keep their mental health stories private due to stigma. In its 2018 national survey, Morneau Shepell found that 71 per cent of workers indicated concerns about workplace stigma regarding mental health. In a survey by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, only 32 per cent of Canadian business leaders said they were taking action to address workplace mental health. Yet the economic burden of this inaction is significant – $51-billion in Canada alone.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.