Worksafe shared this article from the April 2017 issue of Safeguard magazine about the importance of protecting mental health at work.
The past few decades have seen a growing appreciation of the importance of good mental health and wellbeing at work. When we consider that reduced mental health is now the primary cause of lost working days in most Westernised countries and that the related at-work productivity loss (i.e. ‘presenteeism’) can be 1.5 times greater than the cost of absenteeism, it’s clear that supporting good mental health has significant benefits to businesses and workers alike. Reflecting its importance, a range of different approaches to supporting workers’ mental health have emerged:
- enabling high levels of mental wellbeing (which some refer to as ‘flourishing’) by fostering a greater sense of purpose and regular positive emotions;
- promoting good mental health and reducing the likelihood of common mental ill-health conditions through lifestyle changes or resilience building activities;
- protecting workers’ mental health from work-related psychosocial hazards that can lead to work-related stress, anxiety or depression.