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Study calls for employer mental health intervention in workplace

21 September 2011 - 5:58pm

The 2011 Global Mindset Index from rogenSi has recommended referrals to mental health professionals and employee assistance programs as ways to combat depression in the workplace.

Respondents were asked to tick a box next to a list of depressive adjectives, such as having poor appetite, feeling worried and feeling withdrawn.

23 per cent ticked five or more of the symptoms, highlighting the poor state of wellbeing for almost a quarter of the workforce.

Depression in the workplace is more than a matter of personal turmoil - it also impacts on the business by reducing productivity and creating friction between co-workers.

The study cites support programs as a key strategy to improve employee wellbeing.

Business health plans can form a part of a considered plan to boost overall mental health - not only can they provide specific health benefits, they can also help staff to feel supported by their employer.

Insurance that is provided by a workplace gives a clear signal that the health and wellbeing of employees is a pressing priority for management.

The survey also highlights the need for bosses to check in on a personal level with their workers to see how they're going on a day-to-day basis.