Bill Wilkerson’s Case Notes
Why Depression Why Business Why Now – Part 4
A new initiative to help business executives and professionals tackle the
devastating effects of workplace depression
Target the Impact of Depression in the Workplace is guided by a Business Leadership Forum made up of senior business and medical executives from major European employers alongside international organisations working on health, labour and employment issues. Together the Forum will recommend concrete tools and resources that will enable businesses to:
Today’s global economy puts a premium on cerebral, or brain, skills. Depression attacks cognition, for example the ability to make decisions, remember things and concentrate. Workers experience cognitive symptoms up to 94% of the time during an episode of depression, affecting quality of life and the ability to function professionally and socially.1
Depression presents a significant burden on the workplace:
It’s time to act.
The Business Leadership Forum’s advisory group is chaired by Bill Wilkerson, Executive Chair of Mental Health International. John Duncan, former Group Head of HR at Royal Mail and an experienced HR practitioner is Vice-Chair. The advisory group comprises senior business leaders from some of the largest organisations in Europe.
The International Labour Organization (www.ilo.org) is also represented on the Forum’s Advisory Group
“Mental health is the dominant workplace health
issue of our time. Work can either be beneficial
or harmful to mental health and employers can
make a major contribution to the wellbeing of
society by their actions.”
Dr Paul Litchfield BT Group Chief Medical Officer and Director Wellbeing, Inclusion, Safety & Health
Our new report outlines the challenges some organisations face in managing depression in the workplace. ‘Depression in the Workplace in Europe: A report featuring new insights from business leaders’ also shares examples of progressive steps taken by employers to tackle depression and maintain a healthy working environment. It also highlights the importance of creating a ‘new openness’ about mental health and especially depression in the workplace.
“Cognition is the ignition of productivity and
innovation in the global brain-based economy.
And depression attacks that vital asset.”
Bill Wilkerson, Chair, Business Leadership Forum to Target the Impact of Depression in the Workplace
Bill Wilkerson’s Case Notes
Why Depression Why Business Why Now – Part 4
Bill Wilkerson’s Case Notes
Why Depression Why Business Why Now – Part 3
Bill Wilkerson’s Case Notes
Why Depression Why Business Why Now – The Matrix Report
“ A company’s employees are the most valuable
capital. A healthy workplace and active leadership
contributes to employee satisfaction, and in turn
company satisfaction and long-term success.”
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