Would Your Employees Tell You If They Had Anxiety or Stress?

Would Your Employees Tell You If They Had Anxiety or Stress?

On January 28, 2015, Posted by , In Uncategorised, With No Comments

In a survey of workers by the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Training in BusinessMental Health, 40% of all employees said they wouldn’t tell their manager if they were suffering from anxiety or stress or other mental health problems.

The key reasons for not telling their line manager were:

  1. A fear of it affecting their career opportunities
  2. Bad experiences of other colleagues who had talked about their issues
  3. A belief that it wouldn’t affect their work
  4. The response of management and colleagues

If a member of your team is struggling with mental health issues and feel unable to speak to you, their stress is likely to build up resulting in them going on sick leave quicker and for longer.

Dr Caroline Dewa of the CAMH Centre believes companies need to ensure they have the correct policies and procedures in place and to have a history odf demonstrating their support for colleagues who’ve had mental health issues.

Alongside this, a proactive approach to building the self-confidence of individuals and the team at work, has been shown to reduce their levels of stress and anxiety and so helping to prevent these health issues developing.

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