Should we do more about mental health issues in Canada’s employment?

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Deroy, Ashton. “Hard At Work: Why mental health in the workplace is often misunderstood and stigmatized.” CBC.ca. N.p., 12 Apr. 2017. Web. 7 May 2017. <http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/hard-at-work-mental-health-1.4067499&gt;. CBC reports according to the mental health commission of Canada 500,000 Canadians are left unable to work due to mental illness. Diana Skye, the person who does the content guidelines for the Toronto-Businessphere left me a question. Do I think Canada needs to do more for people with mental illness in the workplace? To explore this topic, I want to look at the job market, barriers to job access and regulations around mental illness in the Canadian workplace.

Job Market

Lets face it if you are a person coping with mental illness & you are on the job market. You probably don’t have a lot of long term work experience!  However you have these morons in career centers pushing what are known as Chronological resumes. These resumes leave you explaining how long you have worked at a job, why you left it so soon and etc. Personally, I omit dates from my employment history. Stuff happens and I find it rather unfair that the worker carries 100% of the blame for every prior job. 

Barriers to job access

You can’t get a job unless you have 2-5 years of experience in many companies, unless you have 100% availability and the job becomes your entire life. Lets be real, this is the situation in Canada at this time. That is why in many areas recreational spending is dropping, or people are turning over employment due to unhappiness. Here are just some of the things preventing you from getting a job. (Despite the ideals of regulations)

  1. Having Dependents – Children limit your availability and in many employer’s eyes hinder your ability to meet the demands of the job.
  2. Having doctor’s appointments – If you tell a company upon looking to be hired that you have to miss time for Doctor’s appointments. They will turn you away in the interview. I have seen this with fast food, customer service & Marketing jobs consistently! See they want to live in this idealistic realm where employees have 100% show rates. 
  3. Problems at home – This is a never ending see-saw. If you have problems at home, you will have problems keeping a job. If you have problems keeping a job you accelerate problems at home! This is why many people in situations of domestic abuse, coping with tragedy & or sickness will turnover their employment. 

Regulations 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/accessibility-laws – Laws promoting accessibility in the workplace. 

What needs to be done? In the industries we can, we need to throw out 11-12 hour work days! Either by making anything past 8 hours over time or banning it all together. We need to employ the 35 hour work week law. This way if you have stuff to take care of, it can be taken care of. Many mentally unstable people likely depend on themselves for all elements necessary to their own survival. When you work 40-50 hours a week that just gets too challenging! Lastly we need workplace audits, if a workplace has a ton of churn it is time for Employment Ontario to step in and ask

“Why is this place having people go in and out so much?” It shouldn’t be entirely up to workers to hold organizations up to legal standards (Not being met


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Men not adjusting to the job market

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Ashton Deroy writes: Every “Social Justice Warrior” will seemingly tell you “It is a man’s economy in Canada.” 

Social justice warrior: When mentioned on this blog it refers to someone who fights to further an irrational left wing ideal with not thoughts in to economic implications. 

However have you ever stopped to think about the status of under educated men in Canada? Weather it is the teller at the bank, the cashier at a grocery store or the waitress at the diner. The service economy of Ontario is being dominated by women. With our economy moving to suit the female worker where does that leave the men? In this article we will look at family role changes, economic viability & skill set required by men earning over $30,000 yearly. 


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Family role changes

Bush, Vanessa. “Father Courage: What Happens When Men Put Family First.” Booklist, 15 Mar. 2000, p. 1299. Canada in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A61912631/CIC?u=king56371&xid=0b5472a3. Accessed 14 Mar. 2017.

In the source What Happens When Men Put Family First . You can see a much needed exploration of the changing roles of men and the different roles a father can have when men challenge the norms to their role. As well as the need for men to be economic providers and noticeable forces in the home. As a personal socio-cultural statement Ashton Deroy says “Men can no longer afford to be the beer drinking dads we see on TV. They have to help out with the home, the kids and the cooking. They can’t afford to be adult children with drinking problems as they are portrayed on TV in inaccurate statements about the middle class family home.” 

Economic Viability 

If you are a under educated lower middle class man, here are a list of job roles you will likely have: 

  • Customer Service
  • Manufacturing line worker 
  • Military 
  • Sanitation technician. 

As a man you will likely try to manage this role while splitting the roles in the household, trying to maintain a marriage or common law relationship and handling childcare. 

Cashiers that are women

According to statisticbrain

So according to Stratic  Brain one of the largest companies in the world hires an uneven amount of women in comparison to men for transactional processing.

Skill set required by men for higher earning

  • An education in Business, Technology, or construction 
  • Interpersonal skills for landing job interviews
  • High literacy in English, Mathematics and or systems operation.
  • Driving ability met with a valid driver’s license. 

Community engagement 

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Matt’s comment was in regards to men and women working as servers in a restaurant. 

This was Ashton Deroy’s replies. 

Replies

You can’t claim the role of women is changing without claiming the roles of men is changing as well. Men have a lot of demands to meet in this changing world in order to meet the demands of the economy, Family roles & skill sets in the work place. Furthermore this writer Ashton Deroy says “I would rather be an under educated female in our Canadian work place than an under educated male.” Chances are an under educated female has a better chance at getting a job, having a home with a family and an actual life. On the flip-side chances are an under educated man is going to have problems with employment and a bad home life.