Promoting Mental Health at Work in Times of Crisis

It is expected that the global economical "Tsunami" will also reach the European welfare states this summer followed by typical  psychosocial risks: increasing imbalance between "business class" and "working class", increase in income inequality (a predictor of perceived loss of control and increasing suicide rate in East-European post-communistic countries, de Voglio, 2008), increasing residential mobility of workers, dramatic increase of unemployment, and a general anxiety regarding the future. Symptoms on the organizational level may include decrease in profits, increase in costs, and lower stock price. Other typical reactions are reduced training, layoffs, salary freeze, and increase of part time as well as contract labour. Effects on the individual level are likely to be in the form of challenges for occupational physicians and human resource management such as decreased motivation and effort, enhanced turnover and accidents, increase in absenteeism, and reduced job satisfaction.

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