Although mental health is becoming a more prevalent topic in the media and in our workplaces, there are many workplaces that are not taking any steps to support employee mental health. Does this sound like your workplace? Are you wishing your employer did more to support your mental health at work? Try these 3 tips:
How many hours a day do you spend at work? Out of your total number of hours, think about your level of productivity. Were you focused and productive for all those hours? How many hours did you spend perusing the internet? How many hours did you spend thinking about your evening plans? Or being anxious about your afternoon presentation? Staring at a blank page/screen wishing you were in your bed because you feel sick? These questions bring us to the topic of presenteeism – the act of physically attending work, but not being mentally present.
In a recent article from the Toronto Star "Doctors' Notes: Work with your employers to cope with mental health issues", they discuss a recent study indicating that 61% of Ontario workers say they would disclose a mental illness to their boss, and 39% say they would not.
The biggest reason reported for not wanting to disclose a mental illness is that it would “hurt their careers” – do you agree? We would like to hear from you - please fill out our poll to share your opinion!