1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Mental Health at Work

Edited By Arla Day, Cary L. Cooper Copyright 2024
    344 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The issue of mental health at work has become a hot topic in both the popular media and academic writings. Although job stress and mental ill-health are associated with negative outcomes for individuals, teams, and organizations, there has been some suggestion that changing the work environment and creating healthy workplaces can improve worker health. Much of the current works in the general of health is fractured, coming from a variety of disciplines and perspectives without an organizing framework to help guide research and practice in the area. Having this individualized, compartmentalized perspective constrains our ability to fully understand the scope of the issue, the key factors in supporting or detracting from one’s mental health, and interventions focusing on mental health at work.

    Given the importance of understanding mental health at work and the current lack of coverage on workplace mental health, there is a need for a book to provide a holistic overview of the issue targeting the environmental, individual, and group influences of mental health and well-being, as well as the impact on individuals and workplaces. This handbook provides a conceptual framework for examining these issues. Each chapter offers an in-depth examination of the key facets of mental health at work, focusing both on the seminal and current literature on the topic and practical suggestions for best practices for organizations.

    With contributions from leading experts, authors address the state-of-the-art research and integrate current events that are shaping the way we work and our wellbeing at work. This edited collection will be of interest to researchers, academics, policymakers, and advanced students in the fields of human resource management, organizational psychology, and management.

    Part 1. Background and History

    1. Mental Health Matters: Bringing Mental Health out of the Workplace Closet

    Arla Day and Cary L. Cooper

    2. The History of Worksite Wellness: A Reconnaissance

    Peter L. Twohig

    Part 2. The Environment — Issues and Changing/Supporting the Environment

    3. Turning Evidence into Action: Workforce Mental Health in the Real World

    David W. Ballard and Krystal Sexton

    4. Understanding and exploring the cost of poor mental health at work for organisations and society

    Juliet Hassard, Louise Thomson and Holly Blake

    5. Moving Beyond Accommodation: Creating an Integrated Mental Health Disability Support Framework

    Eric Damecour and Kari Trost

    6. Understanding the Role of Information and Communication Technology in Psychological Well-Being through the Lens of Self-Regulation

    Xinyu (Judy) Hu and Larissa K. Barber

    7. Moving beyond a Disease Framework: The Social Context of Burnout and Mental Health

    Michael P. Leiter and Christina Maslach

    Part 3. Supporting the People — Mental Health Experiences

    8. Maternal Mental Health: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and the Workplace

    Jennifer Dimoff, Jacquelyn Brady, Stephanie Gilbert and Roderick MacLeod

    9. Moral Distress in the Workplace

    Hannah M. Markham and E. Kevin Kelloway

    10. Leadership Interventions to Foster Mental Health and Work Well-being

    Duygu Gulseren and Zhanna Lyubykh

    11. Leaders’ Mental Health: Predictors, Outcomes, and Interventions

    Anika Cloutier and Julian Barling

    12. Balancing performance and well-being: Motivational and resource regulation in the context of excessive availability for work

    Luo Lu

    13. Psychological recovery from work demands and employee mental health

    Charlotte Fritz and Laura Yang

    Part 4. Interpersonal Aspects of MH at work and home

    14. Work-life balance and Work flexibility in the context of Mental Health at Work

    Oi-ling Siu, Haobi Wang and Man Chun Chung

    15. Assessing and Managing Mistreatment at Work

    ­ Paul Spector & Ashley Nixon

    16. Organizational Justice and Mental Health

    Constanze Eib and Russell Cropanzano

    17. Managing Conflict at Work: Addressing the Organizational Level

    ­Trond Løkling, Karina Nielsen and Marit Christensen


    Arla Day is a Professor in Occupational Health Psychology and Director of the CN Centre for Occupational Health & Safety at Saint Mary's University, Canada.

    Cary L. Cooper is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.

    "So much of our lives is spent working, so much of our emotional health depends on how we experience work: the deadlines, decisions, conflicts & risks. How can the workplace balance its potential for fulfilment and harm? Day and Cooper have assembled a list of authors to trace the history of 'work stress', examine its modern manifestations and weigh up the evidence on doing better - the crucial question of "what works?." Louis Appleby, University of Manchester