Protecting employee mental health during an economic crisis

economic crisis in EuropeWhile the financial crisis in Europe continues to put enormous strain on the community, burnout rates among workers are escalating. As a result, health and well-being are suffering – some 40% of European workers have missed work due to sickness – as workers try to adapt to disruptive working conditions, atypical working hours, restructuring and job insecurity.

A recent report out of Germany shows that burnout rates continue to climb and are highest amongst those DAX Stock Index companies undergoing restructuring. From 2004 to 2010, the number of burnout related disability days increased by nine fold from about 8 to more than 72 per 1000 employees.…