In light of this issue, a team of reporters sought to pinpoint several factors that contribute to poor mental health in the work field in an academic journal. The group aims to improve and harmonize the work field. Work stressors, such as psychological and organizational demands (e.g., work pace, time pressure, the complexity of work, and different tasks), are to blame mental disorder affecting employees on a large scale. Business costs and mental health are positively correlated variables concerning levels of productivity and number of sick days, among other trends. Indeed mental disorders are widely accepted as a public health risk.
This is why businesses, corporations and organizations have begun changing their work environment to better fit their employees needs. Canada has already seen progress in their proposed policy. Because 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental illness and 6.7 million people suffer from mental health problems, Canada has been working with employers to ensure employees’ mental health. Canada’s National Standard partnered with corporations, private investors, and organizations have developed guidelines, tools, and resources for people suffering in the workplace. Louise Bradley, the president and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, acknowledges the workplace is not the root of the mental health epidemic. Still, it can be part of the solution.
While this is not a preventative measure, Canada’s action is showing promise and will hopefully inspire other countries, and employers will adopt similar practices.
Bradley is right, these programs represent a significant step in the right direction, but we also need to discuss precautions regarding social media, education, and economics, for they also contribute to poor mental health implications. As problems, such as this one, arise, nations around the world must adequately address these issues by formulating innovative solutions. We began opening up and formulating solutions for the mental health epidemic, now we can begin implementing ideas into society.