Workplace Responsiveness: Key Employer Characteristics in Support of Job Maintenance for People with Mental Illness.

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Abstract

Most efforts to achieve employment for people with mental illness focus on individual enhancement - building behavioral coping skills and task ability so that the individual will manage symptoms, and the job, in a manner acceptable to a particular work site. This paper argues that this strategy has resulted in excessively low employment rates. A preferable intervention would identify and build on those characteristics of the employment site designed to celebrate diversity in a work force and to create an environment that meets the unique needs of each employee. These characteristics are identified and strategies for marshalling them in support of persons with mental illness are suggested.

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