Accommodating mental illness strategically

Series of reactive responses to requests for accommodation not healthy approach
By Kathy Jurgens
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

In the past few years, the dialogue about workplace mental health has increased dramatically. And the message is consistent: More attention must be paid to workplace mental health. Cost drivers are demanding attention — rising disability costs, productivity losses and absence management issues alone are cause for concern for most employers.

These factors, combined with increasing life and work stressors for many employees, and emerging trends in the legal landscape that are driving up the level of due diligence for employers, are all merging — and overwhelming some employers and HR departments.

Workplaces, more than ever, are asking for information, support and guidance on how to meet their responsibilities in addressing the mental health needs of workers.