Table 3

Percentages of potential concerns and positive reasons for hiring, and multiple regression analyses between demographics, workplace characteristics, experiences with people with MHP, potential concerns regarding employees with MHP and dependent variables intention not to hire someone with current/past MHP

Yes (%)Intention not to hire someone with current MHPIntention not to hire someone with past MHP
Beta95% CIBeta95% CI
Age0.01(−0.00 to 0.01)0.00(−0.00 to 0.01)
Gender (0=male)−0.09(−0.26 to 0.08)−0.20(−0.39 to –0.01)
Education (0=high school degree or less)0.25(0.05 to 0.44)0.13(−0.09 to 0.35)
Marital status (0=married)−0.07(−0.23 to 0.09)−0.08(−0.25 to 0.10)
Company size0.00(0.00 to 0.00)0.00(0.00 to 0.00)
Personal net monthly income0.00(0.00 to 0.00)0.00(0.00 to 0.00)
Personally (have) had MHP (0=no)−0.13(−0.34 to 0.08)−0.41(−0.65 to –0.18)
Knows someone outside work environment (0=no)0.09(−0.10 to 0.28)−0.14(−0.34 to 0.07)
Knows someone in work environment (0=no)0.15(−0.04 to 0.34)0.03(−0.18 to 0.24)
Does not know anybody who has (had) MHP (0=no)0.24(−0.06 to 0.53)0.10(−0.22 to 0.43)
What are your potential concerns, as a manager, about having an employee with MHP? (for each statement: 0=no, 1=yes)
The employee cannot handle the work55.4%0.16(0.00 to 0.33)−0.11(−0.29 to 0.07)
It will lead to long-term sickness absence43.1%0.39(0.23 to 0.55)0.19(0.01 to 0.37)
You cannot count on this employee41.3%0.41(0.23 to 0.58)0.21(0.02 to 0.41)
It will have a negative impact on the workplace atmosphere39.8%0.07(−0.11 to 0.24)0.05(−0.14 to 0.24)
I’m not sure how to help this employee39.3%−0.01(−0.17 to 0.15)−0.08(−0.26 to 0.10)
The employee will make mistakes33.8%0.07(−0.10 to 0.25)0.18(−0.02 to 0.37)
The employee poses a danger to him or herself or to others in the workplace31.5%−0.05(−0.22 to 0.12)−0.06(−0.25 to 0.13)
It will lead to conflicts30.4%−0.16(−0.34 to 0.02)−0.08(−0.28 to 0.12)
The employee will cause damage to relationships that are important to me/the organisation (such as company customers, or students at a school)27.0%0.13(−0.06 to 0.32)0.08(−0.13 to 0.29)
I need to take over his/her duties26.3%0.02(−0.16 to 0.21)0.09(−0.11 to 0.29)
I’m not sure how to deal with this employee19.2%−0.06(−0.26 to 0.15)0.07(−0.16 to 0.30)
The employee has a lower work tempo15.3%−0.13(−0.36 to 0.10)−0.03(−0.28 to 0.22)
He/she can damage my or the organisation’s reputation11.7%−0.03(−0.29 to 0.24)−0.05(−0.34 to 0.25)
Talking about the problems will take up a lot of the other employees’ time11.7%0.19(−0.57 to 0.44)0.06(−0.22 to 0.34)
I don’t feel like talking about the employee’s personal problems4.1%−0.06(−0.46 to 0.34)0.03(−0.41 to 0.47)
Something else1.3%
What could be positive reasons for you to hire a job applicant while knowing that he/she has significant MHP? (for each statement: 0=no, 1=yes)
If I think that the applicant will do a good job75.1%−0.09(−0.27 to 0.09)−0.36(−0.56 to –0.16)
If the applicant has relevant work experience41.3%−0.15(−0.31 to 0.00)−0.16(−0.33 to 0.01)
If there is no financial risk involved, for instance through a wage subsidy28.9%0.07(−0.10 to 0.24)0.02(−0.17 to 0.21)
If someone I like recommends this applicant to me14.8%−0.03(−0.24 to 0.19)−0.07(−0.31 to 0.17)
Because I am in favour of diversity and/or inclusive enterprise, out of principle13.0%−0.64(−0.87 to –0.41)−0.29(−0.54 to –0.04)
If I like the applicant as a person11.9%0.03(−0.21 to 0.27)0.14(−0.13 to 0.40)
Something else1.3%
Adjusted R20.1870.103
  • A higher beta (β) on the dependent variable means a lower intention to hire someone with current/past MHP.

  • Bold values are significant with p < 0.05.

  • MHP, mental health problem.