Workplaces have traditionally looked at workplace health from a strictly
occupational health and safety perspective. To have a complete or comprehensive
approach, workplaces should also consider measures that may impact the mental
health of their workers.
There is strong evidence that certain features of the workplace can affect
employees' mental and physical health. These factors include demoralization,
depressed mood, anxiety, burnout, etc. These factors increase the likelihood
that an individual will experience increased stress, which in turn increases
the likelihood of developing or worsening a mental disorder.
Psychological health problems can range widely, from mild psychological
difficulties such as low mood, sleep difficulties, or excessive worry to
severe psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or
severe depression. Because milder psychological health problems are far more
common in the workplace, they account for a larger percentage of the negative
impacts on employees and employers.
The changing world of work has increased the prevalence of psychosocial
risks at European workplaces. An OSHwiki article explores the relation
between psychosocial risk management in companies and their national context,
focusing on the role of national culture.
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work