TH-P01-115 - The implications of stress on mental health, well-being, and absenteeism of workers at a large mining company in Ontario, Canada

Track:
Work stressors
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Employee stress and burnout
Work stressors
TH-P01-115
The implications of stress on mental health, well-being, and absenteeism of workers at a large mining company in Ontario, Canada
C. Dignard 1,*, B. Nowrouzi-Kia 1 2, Z. Kerekes 1 3, M. Larivière 1
1Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH), Laurentian University, Sudbury, 2Department of Occupational Science and Therapy, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, Canada, 3Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Pécs Medical School, Pécs, Hungary
 
Content: Purpose
The cost of mental illness on the Canadian economy exceeds $50 billion annually, some of which is incurred through workplace absenteeism. In fact, every week, approximately 500 000 Canadians miss work for mental health related reasons. Unfortunately, very few studies have examined the mental health of mining workers, an industry that is of great importance to the Canadian economy. In order to address this gap in the literature, we are conducting a study to better understand the mental health and wellbeing of this workforce as well as its implications on worker absenteeism at a large mining company in Ontario.
Design/Methodology
A pilot study was conducted to obtain feedback from workers (n=30) regarding the survey instrument to be used in an all-employee survey, as well as to collect information regarding personal experiences of absenteeism using focus group discussions and individual interviews.
Results
Stress was a very common theme discussed by these workers with implications prior to, during, and following, a health-related leave of absence. The nature and consequences of this stress will be presented.
Limitations
Although representative of this company’s various occupational groups, our sample did not include workers from remote worksites.
Research/Practical Implications/Value
This pilot study allowed us to refine our instrumentation, identify methodological challenges, and promote the full study in the population of interest.  This will facilitate more robust data collection in the upcoming all-employee survey, permitting a better understanding of the mental health and wellbeing of these workers.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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