Making mental health a workplace priority

More than 60 per cent of Canadian organizations report that they don’t have a mental health strategy in place. Yet, mental health continues to be a major concern in Canadian workplaces. Significant benefits could be gained if more organizations were committed to improving employee mental health.
Notwithstanding the positive effect on employees, a greater emphasis on the promotion of mental health in Canadian workplaces can reduce presenteeism and absenteeism, thereby increasing productivity. Research by The Conference Board of Canada found that improved treatment for depression could boost the economy by $32.3-billion a year, and better treatment for anxiety could add up to $17.3-billion a year – that’s a significant potential economic gain for these two types of mental health conditions alone.

Read more on the Globe and Mail.

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