Mental health in the workplace.
That’s the focus of a series of four research papers the Conference Board of Canada has written on depression and anxiety, and the impacts they have on the productivity of employees across the country.
Greg Sutherland from the Conference Board, one of the co-authors of the papers, does see positive steps being taken to address these two mental health issues.
“It’s becoming more and more recognized, and there are more options available. However, there’s still some challenges and barriers to accessing those options within the workplace, and there is plenty of stigma attached to having mental health challenges at the office. So, it may take awhile for employers to ensure that mental health options are fully available for their employees who suffer from depression or anxiety.”
Sutherland says his research shows that, on an annual basis nationally, close to $30 billion in gross domestic product is lost by employers because of depression some of their employees experience, and $17 billion because of anxiety.