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Mental Health in the Post-Pandemic Workplace: A Culture Shift towards Transparency & EmpathyOver the past several years, there has been an increasing recognition of the impact of mental health in the workplace. From the pervasive problems of stress and burnout, to the movement toward creating cultures of authenticity and belonging, to the examination of the costs of absenteeism and presenteeism, employee mental health has emerged as a critical component in building and retaining a productive and engaged workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought mental health into even sharper focus. Anxieties about health and safety, social isolation, stress related to job loss and a lack of child care contributed to an alarming increase in mental health distress and diagnosable mental health conditions. From the chief executive ranks, through HR, down to front line workers, employers now recognize the importance of focusing on mental health and creating a supportive culture in the workplace.
Mental Health in the WorkplaceIn today’s rapidly changing economy, mental health is top of mind for business leaders from various companies in all industries. This includes construction companies. It has not always been that way. Historically, mental health was a taboo topic in the workplace and even more so on jobsites. Stigma was the barrier that kept people from acknowledging that they were not OK. Seeking help was seen as a sign of weakness rather than as a sign of strength. Stigma remains a barrier that keeps people from either offering or seeking help. Stigma is a fear of the unknown combined with a fear of judgement from others or fear of con- sequences – both real and perceived.