Mental health issues continue to be the leading cause of short- and long-term disability claims in Canadian organizations. In a recent survey exploring disability management practices in organizations, 75% of respondents indicated mental health issues were the leading cause of short-term disability claims, and 79% indicated they were the leading cause of long-term disability claims.
“What’s fascinating is those progressive organizations that are dealing with the issues overwhelmingly indicate that mental health management practices help reduce costs, improve employee health and satisfaction, and increase productivity,” says Joseph Ricciuti, National Director, Group and Health Care Practice at Towers Watson, in a written release.
Despite this, companies have been slow to adopt innovative mental health management practices in the workplace. The Staying at Work survey, conducted by Towers Watson, a global consulting firm specializing in human capital and financial management, showed only about one-third of the organizations have enacted return to work processes for mental health claims (35%), as well as functional mental health capacity assessments (27%).