Hiring aspiring workers living with mental illness makes cents

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Mental Health Commission of Canada

Apr 12, 2018

Today the MHCC launched a summary report, A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers that suggests opening the doors to aspiring workers living with mental illness is a win-win for employers and employees.

Aspiring workers are people who have been overlooked by the workplace or sidelined due to episodic or persistent illness and are struggling to remain in the workplace. We know that the unemployment rate for people living with severe mental illness hovers between 70 and 90 per cent. As a society facing a significant labour shortage, we can no longer afford to ignore the education, skills and talents of aspiring workers.

The report summarizes an in-depth MHCC research study that examined the costs and benefits of recruiting and retaining people living with mental illness. Researchers followed the experience of select employees at five organizations, chronicling how both employer and employee can benefit financially and socially from hiring and accommodating the needs of aspiring workers. By making small investments to accommodate workers and using blueprints like the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplaceemployers can build an inclusive workplace culture that values aspiring workers.

 

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