By Chally Kacelnik
The article: Workers’ mental health vulnerable to bad management by Melissa Coade at The Mandarin
What I think:
I’m not a fan of individualist bandaids on systemic problems, and that’s never more true than when it comes to mental health in organisations (I talk about why in How to Meaningfully Address Stress in Your Organisation). Sending your workers to a meditation class, while broadly helpful, is not a substitute for examining how organisational dynamics are contributing to poor mental health and fixing this. An Australian study, published in the British Medical Journal, has found a throughline from poor management practices to a significantly increased risk factors for poor workplace mental health. Not addressing the underlying issues results in lower productivity and other organisational outcomes, so it’s lose-lose for everyone.
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