Every day, many employees across Canada are currently experiencing challenges related to physical and mental health conditions, or are struggling to cope due to work place issues.
Mental health problems alone are estimated to cost employers about $20 billion a year, according to Statistics Canada.
In addition, the average employee reported the equivalent of 9.3 days in lost work time for personal reasons in 2011. (BenefitsCanada, October 2012).
As well, only 23% of Canadians feel comfortable talking to their employer about their mental illness for fear of facing discrimination or dismissal.
Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety