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The Environmental and Occupational Health Practice(EOH-P)is published by the Japan Society for Occupational Health. EOH-P welcoms papers from across the occupational health and allied areas. EOH-P primarily seeks to publish reports on knowledge gained through practice, which has important empirical value for occupational health. It also seeks to publish papers on environment issues.

How Problem Solving Decreases Instances of Mental-Disorder-Related Sick Leaves

The coronavirus pandemic has taught us two important lessons: that mental exhaustion is real and that specific measures need to be undertaken to counter or mitigate its effects on our biological systems. A few remarkable examples include corporate employees moving away from toxic work environments to maintain their overall sanity.

Toxic work cultures produce many undesirable consequences—from employees quitting their full-time jobs to working professionals taking medications for blood pressure, cardiovascular issues, or even type 2 diabetes. Therefore, promoting mental wellness at work is critical.

Researchers from the Teikyo University Graduate School of Public Health, Japan, recently designed a novel experiment. They identified a manufacturing company in Japan that had a traditional corporate hierarchy and introduced meaningful occupational health interventions—steps undertaken to prevent or treat job-related injuries and illnesses. More specifically, the researchers identified mental disorders as the recurring reason behind employee sick leaves and devised a novel strategy to combat it.

To this end, the researchers studied several cause-and-effect relationships by focusing on the engineering department of the manufacturing company. To facilitate this further, they conducted a scientific literature review by considering the exact context. During the study, the researchers identified unprofessional or outdated corporate practices as the primary triggers that resulted into an unusually high number of mental-disorder-related sick leaves.

Next, the team collaborated with the occupational safety personnel and outlined a plan of action. Accordingly, they identified “problem solving” as an effective approach and decided to implement it.

After the successful implementation of this novel approach, the researchers noticed a decrease in the overall instances of mental-disorder-related sick leaves; although results from the engineering department were slightly inconclusive.

In summary, this study demonstrates that a problem-solving approach may be effective in preventing sick leaves resulting from work-related mental disorders. Building the right occupational health infrastructure can pave the way for employee wellness.

Link to the original journal article:
https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/eohp/3/1/3_2021-0002-FS/_article/

Title of the paper

Development and application of a problem-solving approach to prevent sick leave owing to mental disorders in a manufacturing company

Authors

You Hwi Song, Eiji Yano

DOI

10.1539/eohp.2021-0002-FS

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Journal Info

Online ISSN : 2434-4931
Review process
Average 46.14 days from submission to first decision
Average 120.95 days from submission to acceptance
Impact Factor (2019) : 0000

Issues

Volume 1 (2019)