Well it is that time of year again! I am gearing up for the Mental Health Voices breakfast with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna branch. This is an exciting event where two businesses from the local community are awarded with Mentally Healthy Workplace Awards. These awards recognize businesses who demonstrate leadership in promoting mental health in their workplaces and in our community.
Why should employers care about the mental health of their employees?
According to a study commissioned by the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2011, mental illnesses cost Canadian employers more than 6 BILLION dollars in lost productivity; this includes losses due to absenteeism or sick days, “presenteeism” (coming to work, even when the employee cannot work well), employee turnover, and disability and other benefits.