Mental Health & Management

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One may take employees’ mental health on the workplace with a pinch of salt, as if it cannot go wrong. Some may think that mental health problems are limited to hallucinations, delusions, erratic behaviour and things of this sort. However, mental health problems can also feel like small symptoms such as anxiety, exhaustion, headaches, insomnia, stress, sadness, and lack of appetite amongst others. Such symptoms can be commonly experienced due to work demands in one’s career. Although such symptoms may be normal, they are not healthy. They become an issue when experienced for a long period of time.

Malta has a 29.3% rate of depression, anxiety and stress amongst workers, which is the highest when compared with the European Union average of 17.6% Moreover, from the Impact Assessment of Mental Health on Employment (IAMHE) in 2011, it was concluded that over 20% of respondents claimed that work had caused them emotional or mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. Mental health care costs Malta around €100 million a year (2011). Furthermore, the Chartered Management Institute conducted a survey in 2016 amongst 1,574 managers. The results show that long working hours, the digital environment, and ‘command and control’ management style caused most mental and physical issues.

It seems that there are no such studies engaged regularly into in Malta. Perhaps given the rate of depression these studies should be engaged in regularly and supported by employers in order to ensure better performance of their employees.