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How can HR lift workplace stigma regarding mental health?

How can HR lift workplace stigma regarding mental health?

With mental health topping the workplace agenda, it is not surprising that over a third of professionals now feel more comfortable talking to their manager about their personal problems than they have done in the past.

That is according to healthcare insurance provider, Bupa, whose Wellbeing Study found that employees also thought that attitudes toward mental health conditions have improved.

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Comments (1)

  • Derek Mowbray
    Derek Mowbray
    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 3:11pm BST
    It's so important for everyone at work to be able to confide in how they feel. The cost of not doing so is enormous. The WellBeing and Performance Agenda addresses the issues around mental health by focusing on helping organisations develop the cultures that provoke openness, which means focusing on transforming managers into leaders and providing them with the knowledge and understanding of how their role as role models, manifested in their behaviour, influences fundamentally the culture and the psychological wellbeing of everyone in the organisation. The additional challenge now is the move towards lone working, which brings its own challenges, but compounds the challenges of working within a workplace. Managers transformed into leaders (because leaders manage people) will have to become extra capable of interacting with their employees at a distance. Unhappily, we need to look out for a rise in mental distress arising from lone working, unless this development is sensitively applied to those with a predisposition to work on their own.


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