The Big Problem
The increase of anxiety and depression has been directly linked to lower productivity and higher absenteeism in the workplace.
- The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year
- $6.3 billion from lost productivity alone
- It is estimated that the cumulative cost of poor mental health in the Canadian economy will exceed $2.5 trillion by 2041
Addressing Employee Mental Health During Challenging Times
For employers, properly adjusting to today’s difficult reality includes regularly checking in on the mental health of employees. Encouraging employees to prioritize their mental health can in turn work to protect health and safety, promote employee retention, maintain operational capacity, and foster a safe and inclusive work culture.
Mental Health in the Workplace
Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, employees are protected against discrimination based on a variety of grounds which include issues relating to mental health.
6 Steps For Discussing Mental Health Concerns with an Employee
- Gather and Assess Information
- Prepare Yourself
- Schedule A Meeting
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