Mental health disorders, which include depression, anxiety, stress and other psychological disorders affect nearly a quarter of all adults
Mental health disorders, which include depression, anxiety, stress and other psychological disorders affect nearly a quarter of all adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Employees afflicted with poor mental health could potentially experience the following symptoms:
The monetary repercussions of poor employee mental health are tangiblecosting the U.S. economy nearly $226 billion each year in lost revenue. Fortunately, your business can implement programs to help your employees cope with and manage their mental health.
Despite its intangibility, mental health can be managed through programs, activities and treatment. For that reason, you may want to consider these five suggestions to assist your employees and minimize the effects of poor mental health on your business:
(Note: Depression is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As employees are screened and begin treatment, they may request a workplace accommodation, such as a change in work schedule, the option to telecommute, job modification or modifications to their work environment. You may be obligated to provide such accommodations, if they do not cause undue hardship to your company. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers more information at www.eeoc.gov.)
An employee who suffers from poor mental health costs his or her employer an average of $1,685 each year, according to the American Psychological Association. How a workplace is structured can either help or exacerbate an employee's mental health. By developing helpful programs and communicating with your employees, your business should be able to minimize the impact of poor mental health.
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