The rise of cognitive demands analysis

A look at new methods to assess workplaces and facilitate the return to work and accommodation of employees suffering from mental stress
By Joseph Cohen-Lyons and Samantha Seabrook
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2016
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Mental health in the workplace has increasingly become the focus of discussion for employers and lawmakers throughout Canada, and for good reason: The number of incidents of mental health problems amongst Canadians is staggering, and their impact on society, including workplaces, can be significant. 

In any given year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem, according to 2011 research from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).  And many are unable to work due to mental health problems. Compounding this issue is the fact that the cost of a disability leave for a mental illness is about double the cost of a leave for a physical illness, according to a 2010 report in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. All told, it is estimated mental health costs the Canadian economy about $51 billion every year, according to the MHCC.

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