Weekend Leadership Reading on Workplace Mental Health: 12/18/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about workplace mental health.

From The Conversation: Supporting worker sleep is good for business

“Though sleep is not something you typically do at work, work schedules and job stress affect sleep, and poor sleep can affect job performance and safety at work. Police officers, firefighters, truck drivers and healthcare workers are among those especially at risk for workplace fatigue.”

From the London Business School: Why fitness and wellbeing really matter in business

“Professor Alex Edmans on why being fit in business is more important than you might think”

From INSEAD: Workplace Mental Health Is a Business Asset. Treat It That Way

“The most successful initiatives deliver employee well-being programmes as a strategic ‘product’, with four fundamental planning considerations.”

From INSEAD: How Technology Threatens Mental Health – Especially if You’re Inauthentic

“When the personality you show the world doesn’t match your true self, it can sap the energy you would otherwise need to deal with technostress.”

From Chief Executive: Policies Alone Fall Woefully Short In Dealing With Grief In The Workplace

“Bereavement leave won’t help grieving employees excel at work. Good leadership can.”

From SHRM: Mental Illness and the Workplace

“Many companies are striving for at least some of that candor as they seek to increase awareness about mental illness and encourage more employees to seek treatment. Suicide rates nationally are climbing, workers’ stress and depression levels are rising, and addiction—especially to opioids—continues to bedevil employers. Such conditions are driving up health care costs at double the rate of illnesses overall, according to Aetna Behavioral Health.”

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to my post on “9 Books I Review Regularly.”

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