Need For Occupational Therapy Support Still Carries Stigma, Says Report
Employees feel there is a stigma attached to seeking out support from occupational therapists, according to a new report.
Source: Department for Trade and Foreign Affairs
Published by the Work Foundation, the report found that large numbers of workers were concerned that using employee assistance programmes (EAPs) - including occupational therapy support - may damage their professional reputation.
Though the report praised EAPs and their importance to ensuring employees' physical health, mental well-being and productivity, it also identified the stigma as a cause for concern.
The report stated: "Recent research findings continually emphasise the role that improved employee well-being can have for organisational productivity and outcomes.
"Organisations are beginning to realise the impact that both work and non-work issues can have for their employees."
To combat this stigma, the Work Foundation are recommending that occupational therapists further improve the visibility of EAPs by emphasising the effectiveness and benefits they can have on individual employees and the entire workforce.