"Companies paying more attention to the psychological well-being of workers"-Are there some troubling aspects of these efforts?
Posted Jul 08 2010 12:00am
Companies are now also starting to touch on a potentially troubling area: their employees’ mental health. ... [Programs] range from training managers to spot problems to rehabilitating those suffering breakdowns. A growing number of boutique consultancies such as Corporate Psychology and Mental Fitness are also offering to improve workers’ mental well-being.
The fashion is being driven by simultaneous developments in two usually distinct areas—health care and management theory. Doctors report that more than a third of the physical problems they encounter have some psychological basis. Management gurus are also discovering the joys of psychology. Business professors have taken to littering their texts with references to “toxic organisations” and “emotional contagion”. Several psychologists have become