Managing Mental Health in Small and Micro Businesses

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In recent decades, the social and economic impact of mental health problems among working age people has risen up the agenda across the western economies. Common mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression, are a leading cause of workplace absence and productivity loss. To date, few empirical studies address, directly and in-depth, the first-hand experiences of small and micro employers in managing mental health problems among their staff. The vast majority of research on managing workplace mental health has been conducted within larger organisations with employer guidance arising from this research inevitably shaped around the experiences and needs of larger organisations, whose resources and capacities are likely to differ from small and micro firms. The aim of this research is to begin to address this gap in evidence. Using in-depth qualitative interviews, we explore the lived experiences of managers within small and micro businesses who had first-hand experience of supporting employees through mental health problems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages89
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2021

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