The Silent Tsunami: Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental health issues impact productivity and profitability
Mental health issues are a silent tsunami in the workplace, one that could engulf organizations in myriad of productivity and profitability problems as well as legal liabilities unless mental health is addressed as seriously as are marketing, compensation and strategic plans. This article will address this critical issue as it exists in both the U.S. and Canada.
In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Melissa Korn contends that “it’s becoming problematic for companies as an increasing number of adults seek treatment for psychiatric disorders. According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, more than one in four American adults has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and one in seventeen has a serious disorder such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but chances are co-workers or managers don't know who they are.