Description: As the article linked below states at its outset, today (April 28) is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. It is certainly the case that we have seen a general push to de-stigmatize issues of mental health so that it can and will be talked about and addressed in all settings (family, work and community) and that is all good and important. However, another important emerging reality is that workplaces and the nature of work in general is becoming more stressful. As well, the changing nature of work, relying increasingly on knowledge and creativity, means we are more profoundly impacted by mental health challenges when they arise. Think about what you know and about what you feel you need to find out about mental health in your workplace and in workplaces in general in honor of World Day for Safety and Health at Work and then read the article linked below to see what else might be involved in these critical questions.
Source: Putting Mental Health on the Workplace Health Agenda, Camille Preston, Mental Health in the Workplace, Psychology Today.
Date: April 26, 2019
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So it is not just that we need to spend some time thinking about the work side of the work/life balance question. Rather, the very nature of work is changing is ways that both add to general stress levels and which are, by works new nature, MORE susceptible to negative impacts when mental health issues arise. What to do? Well the fact that all not only comes with individual cost but it also comes with a significant impact on organizational bottom lines. That being the case there is both need and motivation for corporate leaders to invest in changes to their organizational cultures that will destigmatize mental health issues and challenges and which will positively predispose (incentivize) members of organizational communities to advantage themselves and their workplaces in relation to mental health. Something important to contemplate on World Day for Safety and Health at Work, most certainly.
Questions for Discussion:
- What would be involved in destigmatizing mental health issues in workplace settings?
- How has the nature of work changed in recent years and how do those changes increase the costs associated with unaddressed mental health issues in the workplace?
- What sorts of individuals, organization officers, agencies, and/or regulatory or legislative groups should be involved in these matters and what sorts of things should they be doing?
References (Read Further):
Goetzel, R. Z., Roemer, E. C., Holingue, C., Fallin, M. D., McCleary, K., Eaton, W., … Mattingly, C. R. (2018). Mental Health in the Workplace: A Call to Action Proceedings From the Mental Health in the Workplace-Public Health Summit. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 60(4), 322–330. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5891372/
Morra Aarons-Mele (November 1, 2018), We Need to Talk More About Mental Health At Work, Harvard Business Review, https://hbr.org/2018/11/we-need-to-talk-more-about-mental-health-at-work
World Health Organization (September 2017), Mental Health in the Workplace, https://www.who.int/mental_health/in_the_workplace/en/
Aarons-Mele, Morra (2018) We Need to Talk More About Mental Health at Work, Harvard Business review, November 1, 2018 https://hbr.org/2018/11/we-need-to-talk-more-about-mental-health-at-work
Preston, Camille (2011) Rewired: How to Work Smarter, Live Better, and Be Purposefully Productive in an Overwired World, Aim Leadership, Cambridge, MA.