Adapting Policies to Specific Workplaces
What Should Employers Do?
Suggestions for proactive workplace mental health policies
- Develop a mission statement emphasizing organizational commitment to promoting the mental health and well-being of employees, including:
- Acknowledge that bereavement and other personal and family factors may influence mental health in the workplace.
- Acknowledge that workplace stress can contribute to or make depression worse.
- Make a commitment to identifying factors which lead to unnecessary workplace stress, such as competing demands, job insecurity, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, and social isolation.
- Increase understanding of the causes of depression in the workplace through awareness campaigns.
- Develop plans aimed at reducing and managing workplace stress.
- Support the management of depression through early recognition:
- Training supervisors to encourage employees to seek assistance and support them when they do.
- Promoting transparency and openness in discussions of mental health concerns.
- Support the return to work for employees who take a leave of absence due to depression in order to preserve their skills for the organization through transparent policies, gradual re-entry back into the workplace, flexible work hours, or working from home.
- Provide on-site access to mental health providers through Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) or similar initiatives.