Healthy Minds at Work: Challenges and Strategies for Businesses
Depressed, anxious, stressed, sleep-deprived, or substance-using workers are unproductive, accident-prone, and plagued by mistakes, sick leave, and departures. Workplace mental health issues are huge cost burdens for businesses. CEOs, managers, supervisors, human resource teams, boards of directors, and employees and their families all crave solutions. The contributors to this book collaborated to create a roadmap for business leaders and staff members to address the problems and costs of unhealthy minds at work. This introductory chapter summarizes big picture challenges and strategies. Authors of subsequent chapters review the most important workplace clinical problems and evidence-based programs to help overcome stigma; when and where to turn for clinical help when necessary; advice about structuring policies, benefits, and educational programs and supports to enhance employee utilization; how to best train and utilize supervisory and peer-to-peer interventions; and strategies for monitoring cost-effectiveness. For businesses that accept the challenge, establishing and sustaining comprehensive workplace mental wellness programs will become points of pride and profitability.
KeywordsWorkplace wellness Supervisor training Resiliency Well-being Absenteeism Presentism Unhealthy minds at work Mental health stigma Workplace mental health guidelines EAP—employee assistance program
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