Healthy workplace: Beyond physical wellness: Mental health issues in the workplace

By Angelina Chiu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

About 15 years or so ago, companies began investing in exercise facilities, paying or subsidizing memberships to physical fitness clubs and developing recreational compounds for employees. Company cafeterias now offer low-cholesterol food such as salad, vegetarian options and low-fat, low-salt snacks.

The belief is employees who are physically healthy are productive employees. These are good initiatives by progressive companies.

However, with the proliferation of mega-mergers, downsizing and employees working longer hours to cope with high demands brought on by improved information technology, stress, depression and violence in the workplace are escalating. These mental health issues are affecting productivity and employers’ bottom lines.