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Mental Health and Work: Switzerland

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Tackling mental ill-health of the working-age population is becoming a key issue for labour market and social policies in OECD countries. OECD governments increasingly recognise that policy has a major role to play in keeping people with mental ill-health in employment or bringing those outside of the labour market back to it, and in preventing mental illness. This report on Switzerland is the fifth in a series of reports looking at how the broader education, health, social and labour market policy challenges identified in Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work (OECD, 2012) are being tackled in a number of OECD countries. It concludes that the Swiss system is well resourced to address the challenges in various policy fields; that due the involvemnet of a large number of stakeholders much needed policy coordination across different sectors is a difficult task; and that a stronger mental health focus is required in Switzerland's health, social and labour market policies.

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Working conditions and sickness management in Switzerland

Employers are ideally placed to help people in the workforce to deal with mental health problems and retain their jobs. This chapter first describes the link between mental ill-health and working conditions, reduced productivity and sick leave. It then discusses prevention strategies to address psychosocial risks at work as well as sickness management strategies of Swiss companies. The chapter ends with a review of the financial responsibility of Swiss employers in the case of sickness absence.

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