ActiveOpinions – Treating Workplace Stress

ActiveOpinions

A new series of opinion articles, addressing the challenges and innovations in the world of Digital Operations Management

Edition 9 – Treating the causes of workplace stress – not just the symptoms

I am writing this on World Mental Health day as my eye was caught by a piece in The Independent stating that: “Rates of anxiety and depression among employees has soared by nearly a third since records began in 2013, prompting calls for ‘urgent action’”.

It is an interesting and important piece, but what caught my eye was the call for more investment in psychotherapies. One commentator opined that: “Compared with the potential cost to the economy in lost productivity, high quality psychotherapies are cheap.”

This may well be true but it seems to me that this is individualising the problem, suggesting that pressures in the workplace are simply inevitable and that people just need to be coached in how to be more resilient.

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