A new report by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) aims to help get small and medium-sized businesses on track toward developing a mental health strategy for their workplace. While it is identified in the report that 81% of businesses believe that it is important to support their employees’ mental wellness in the workplace, there are still some gaps in terms of acting on that belief. In a 2016 Fresh Intelligence survey it was found that 35% of small business, 65% of medium-sized business and 76% of large business had mental health strategies.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada finds that the cost of mental health to the economy is $50 billion per year. The challenge with mental health is that it can be an intimidating topic for employers and employees.
In response to the gap, the OCC has developed a toolkit based on three principles: