Manulife reports final phase results of Salveo Study on mental health in the workplace TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC SEHK:945WATERLOO, ON, Nov. 16, 2016 /CNW/ - Following five years of data analysis, the Salveo researchers have identified five management practices that can help companies lower mental health and disability claim rates in their organizations. "Regardless of the size of a company, small or large, our research shows that there are specific management practices that can impact mental health claim rates," said Professor Alain Marchand, co-leader of the study at the Université de Montréal. "These practices are proving to be particularly effective in the prevention of mental health problems in the workplace and reducing disability claim costs." These following practices can help prevent mental health issues, reduce claim costs and improve productivity in the workplace: 1) Job design based on employee skills and interests has a 87% probability of reducing claims; 2) work-life balance opportunities has a 77% probability of reducing claims; 3) employee recognition has a 74% probability of reducing claims; 4) promotion of physical activities has a 69% probability of reducing claims; and 5) implementing strategies to help employees maintain a reasonable workload has a 64% probability of reducing claims. Since 2011, Professors Alain Marchand and Pierre Durand, co-leaders of the study at the Université de Montréal, with the participation of Université Laval and Concordia University, and in partnership with Manulife, have interviewed over 2,100 workers from 63 organizations of all sizes. They analyzed 63 management practices to identify risk factors triggering mental health disorders and provided employers with recommendations on management practices that could help reduce mental health claim rates.