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Trauma-Informed Workplaces Are the New Normal

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From Covid to discrimination, employees have experienced trauma at all new levels. Trauma is trauma, no matter how big or small. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that poor mental health costs the global economy more than $1 trillion per year.

The impact of the pandemic has put concern for psychological safety in the workplace at the forefront of organizational leaders' minds. The pandemic has delivered a mental-health emergency; about four in ten adults in the U.S. have reported anxiety or depressive disorder symptoms, compared to one in ten adults with these symptoms in 2019.

With unpredictability and disruption, organizational conversations have pivoted to explore how to effectively support employee mental health and trauma as we face these new challenges. WHO reported that when workplaces promote mental health and support their people, they are more likely to reduce absenteeism, yield productivity and benefit from economic gains.

Organizational leaders must gain insight into the dimensions of trauma, both at a macro level in terms of events and at the micro-levels of daily trauma and how they impact employees' wellbeing and performance. Here's how leaders can get started.

Related: Why Your Mental Health Is the Key to Your Success in Business

ISO 45003 is the first international standard on psychological health, safety and wellbeing at work. The framework delivers practical advice on identifying where psychological health and safety risks arise in the workplace and actions organizations can take to alleviate anxiety, burnout and low productivity. Essentially all organizations, irrespective of size or industry, can focus on understanding sources of harm that a workplace can control. Integrating this standard within workplace culture can help detect........

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