Increased risk of legal action for employers disregarding mental health.
It appears that employers may not be responding to the mental health of their employees as readily as they should be.
An article by Kim MacDonald of The West Australian has brought to light the fact that some business owners really don’t understand their duties in regards to their employees’ mental health.
According to MacDonald, a Blooming Minds survey revealed that, out of 102 surveyed, only one in 10 businesses knew their role in mental health policy.
Another finding of this survey was that 42 of the 102 surveyed showed symptoms of mental illnesses, and of those who had revealed this to their employer, 85% of respondents said that the reaction from their boss made their symptoms worse.
These are shocking statistics as it shows that most managers and employers really have no idea that they play a role in managing the mental health for their employees, and this has resulted in many legal actions against employers and managers.
The Beyond Blue foundation claim that business in Australia lose approximately $10.9 billion each year due to issues regarding mental health in the workplace.
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