Workplace stress a main cause of mental health issues, study finds
Is your senior leadership concerned about the number of employees who may be coming to work each day with a mental health issue or mental illness? It’s estimated that one in five people in the work force are experiencing some degree of a mental health issue. In any week, 500,000 Canadians call in sick due to mental health problems or illness. Mental illness affects the workplace by increasing costs of sick time, short- and long-term disability and workers’ compensation claims. It also affects productivity through presenteeism – when people come to work but are not productive – and lost opportunity due to downtime.
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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.