17 June, 2021

Ignorance Is Bliss! Why Employers And Employees Ignore Mental Health?

One in seven Indians suffer from a mental issue. Organisations have begun addressing employees’ mental health, but much more needs to be done

Ignorance Is Bliss! Why Employers And Employees Ignore Mental Health?

When it comes to employee wellbeing, companies hype their compensation packages, flexible working hours and snack bars. Few, however, talk about mental health, let alone make it a priority. According to a Lancet paper, one in seven Indians suffered from a mental illness in 2017. With the pandemic causing a surge in anxiety, depression, sleep disorders etc, it is more important than ever to address these concerns.

At the workplace, mental illness remains a largely taboo subject. A 2016 study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India revealed that nearly 42.5 per cent of employees in the country’s private sector organisations suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder. Even though many individuals with mental health issues are part of the workforce, they rarely divulge these at the workplace, fearing prejudice and stigma.  According to a 2019 study by Businessolver, an Iowa-based employee-benefits administration services company, 68 per cent of employees worry that reaching out about their mental health issues could negatively impact job...

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