How Managers Find Out About Common Mental Disorders Among Their Employees

M. Bertilsson*, S. Klinkhammer, C. Staland-Nyman, A. de Rijk

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Abstract

Objective: To explore how managers find out about common mental disorders (CMDs) among employees and associations with managers' work- and knowledge-related characteristics and attitude to CMDs. Methods: Data from an online survey in 2017 with Swedish managers (n = 1810) were used. Different ways managers find out about CMDs were measured, and multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted for associations with manager characteristics. Results: Few managers found out about CMDs themselves; another source was more common, for example, employees' self-disclosure. Managers' overseeing fewer subordinates and those with a negative attitude to depression were more likely to find out about CMDs themselves. The significance of mental health training and education could not be established. Conclusion: Managers' awareness about employees' CMDs mainly came about through employees' self-disclosure. Managers' attitudes and work conditions were related to the way of finding out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-984
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume63
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • attitude
  • common mental disorders
  • managers
  • mental health
  • workplace prevention
  • SICKNESS ABSENCE
  • HEALTH-PROBLEMS
  • WORK
  • ATTITUDES
  • ILLNESS
  • DEPRESSION
  • INTERVENTIONS
  • PERFORMANCE
  • DISCLOSURE
  • BARRIERS

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