LinkedIn identifies mental health in the workplace among its 2020 ‘big ideas’

LinkedIn’s editorial team predicts mental health will be talked about more openly in the workplace in 2020 as part of its annual ‘big ideas’ list released last week.

The editorial team scoured LinkedIn feeds and reached out to its frequent contributors to identify big ideas that will shape the professional community in 2020. The annually-predicted big ideas focus on what will matter most to the professional community.

In the article “20 Big Ideas that will change your world in 2020,” LinkedIn staff discuss what will impact mental health in the workplace and the conversations it will prompt. The piece points to new generations of employees calling for the mental health conversation to be more urgent and says stigma still plays a role in employees coming forward in the workplace. Meanwhile, corporations are concerned about how to handle the conversation in a safe way for both the organization and employees.

The World Health Organization estimates the rising cost to the global economy due to depression and anxiety is as much as $1 trillion in lost productivity annually.

The article provides various steps employers and employees can take to deal with workplace culture around mental health, including leading by example, ensuring confidentiality and planning for accommodation and benefits.

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