What's the problem?
Stigma around mental health conditions, particularly in the workplace setting, remains a persisting factor that stifles conversation and treatment-seeking behavior.
69% of employees
would hide their mental health condition from coworkers.
8 in 10 employees
don't seek treatment because of fear and shame.
Only 3-5% of employees
access employee assistance programs (EAPs),
and very little else currently exists to address
mental health at work.
What’s work got to do with it?
Most people spend a majority of their waking hours at work,
and there are many factors in the workplace that have a unique
and independent impact on the mental health of employees.
This means that unhealthy workplaces can worsen existing conditions or cause new ones to develop.
Lack of control and poor decision-making latitude
(Stansfeld et al., 1999)
Low social support
(Bildt & Michélsen, 2002)
Imbalance between effort and reward
(Siegrist et al., 2004; Stansfeld et al., 1999)
Poor communication and information
(Corey & Wolf, 1992)
(Baumann et al., 2010)
Emotionally distressing work
(Cox & Griffiths, 1995)
Lack of participation
(French et al., 1982)
Unclear or ambiguous instructions and role
(Ingersoll et al., 1999; Kahn, 1973; Margolis et al., 1974)
(Jones et al. 1998; Schriber & Gutek, 1987)
Bullying, harassment, or violence
(Cox & Griffiths, 1995;
Richman et al., 1999)
(Karasek & Theorell, 1990)
Long work hours
(Goh, et al., 2015)
What factors in the workplace
affect our mental health?
What are the consequences?
Mental health is still a taboo topic, and stigma is
especially prevalent in the workplace resulting in
measurable consequences to organizations.
$17B is lost
in the U.S. in productivity
$5.5k is lost per person
in productivity each year in the U.S. from depression alone.
217 million days of work
are lost due to mental health conditions.