No matter how much training, guidance and or legislation is put in place, the reality is there’s still a lingering stigma around discussing mental health in the workplace. Most employees are not comfortable sharing personal issues or mental battles that they are going through and sometimes this affects their work quality.
If you’re struggling with depression, a relationship break-up, separation from your children or a death of a loved one, it’s hard to convey your feelings to yourself, let alone work colleagues. So, what exactly is HR’s role in encouraging employees to speak up?
“We’ve come a long way as a society in improving prejudice and removing the stigma of mental health and wellbeing conversations in the workplace, however, there’s still a long way to go,” Jamie MacLennan, Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific at LifeWorks, said. “Unfortunately, many people still have negative attitudes and beliefs towards those struggling with mental health and wellbeing. These attitudes are often a result of a lack of awareness and understanding.
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