Mental Illness in the Workplace: An Interdisciplinary Review and Organizational Research Agenda

Kayla B. Follmer, Kisha S. Jones

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Abstract

Given the prevalence of and consequences associated with mental illness in the workplace, we believe this review is both critical and timely for researchers and practitioners. This systematic review broadens the extant literature in both theoretical and practical ways in an effort to help lay a foundation for the organizational scholarship of employees with mental illness, a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in the management and industrial-organizational psychology literatures. After defining and conceptualizing mental illness as a social identity, we systematically review the existing empirical research on employees with mental illness across multiple fields of study. Using research that accounts for individual, other, and organizational perspectives, we present a model that outlines the performance, employment, career, and discriminatory outcomes that characterize the experiences of individuals with mental illness as well as individual and organizational strategies that moderate the relationship between having a mental illness and experiencing those outcomes. Together, this article provides a synthesis of what is known about employees with mental illness while also highlighting avenues for future scholarly attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-351
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Management
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management

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