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Could Workplace Mental Health Training for Managers Be Beneficial?

Could Workplace Mental Health Training for Managers Be Beneficial?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental disorders are one of the three leading causes of disability, which directly affects workplace production as absenteeism rates increase and work performance decreases. In fact, the World Economic Forum, published by Harvard’s School of Public Health, predicts that by 2030, mental health disorders will ensue a global burden of $6 trillion dollars. With mental health being of major concern to organizations around the country, it’s important that management training involved educational tools so that employers can provide better support for their employees – thus potentially reducing absentees and improving workers’ quality of life.

A 2017 study published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal sought to explore the effect of mental health training on managers and its effect on sick leave in employees; a total of 128 managers participated in the study, and were randomly assigned to either a mental health intervention workshop or regular training. Both managers and their employees were reassessed both before and after the interventions took place. The following findings were derived:

  • Work-related sick leave reduced by 28% after managers from the mental health intervention participated
  • Sick-leave increased by 28% after managers in the control group completed regular training

How can employees benefit from their manager obtaining mental health training? There are many ways that employees can benefit, including: 1) more support from their supervisor regarding mental illness, 2) more flexibility in minor workplace changes to accommodate those with mental illness, 3) more inclusivity in the workplace as its promoted by managers, and more. Previous research has shown that many managers do not speak with their employees about mental illness for a number of reasons, including:

  • They believe it falls outside of the workplace scope
  • They do not know how to talk about mental illness
  • They are unsure of what tools they can provide to those who need it
  • They are afraid that talking about mental illness could spark self-harm or other injurious behaviors

Mental health training can provide managers with the tools they need to have these discussions, to provide resources to their employees and to answer questions or offer support when its needed. Much of the stigma surrounding mental illness prevents employees from speaking up, which in turn has a negative affect on their performance at work. By promoting mental health support and opening the dialogue on this topic, we can hopefully encourage more people to rely on one another – thus encouraging a safe and supportive workplace.

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