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How should employers help with workers’ mental health concerns?

Mental health is a real concern, especially among workers employed in certain industries. Depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns can adversely impact a worker’s on-the-job performance and result in absenteeism. This is why employers must remain vigilant for negative employee behaviors. They can help their employees get the help that they need if they notice them early on.

Property Casualty 360’s (PC360) data shows that at least 80% of those individuals who suffer from depression also struggle with functional impairment. Individuals who are diagnosed with depression often end up developing more chronic health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and asthma. This means that patients who are diagnosed with one or more of these conditions end up consuming more medical resources than other ones do.

Data compiled by PC360 shows that mental health is one of the leading reasons workers end up going on disability here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the U.S. Pregnancy ranks high up there as well.

Employers can benefit from taking time to train their supervisors on how to recognize mental health warning signs. They should encourage their supervisors to reach out to their employees to offer them help though. Employers who de-stigmatize mental health concerns and recommend that their workers take advantage of employee assistance programs generally see their employees return to their normal productive selves far more quickly than those companies that take a more stand-off approach.

Companies can help their employees struggling with mental illness by advising them of ways in which they can take leave if they need additional time off following a life-changing event. Employers can offer other in-house health and fitness training, financial wellness seminars and other events aimed at helping their workers address concerns that they face as well.

There are many Dauphin employers out there that understand that they have to put in place certain measures to keep their employees happy and healthy so that they can have a productive workplace. Sadly, there are plenty of other employers that are solely focused on their bottom line. These companies could care less about their workers’ welfare. If you work for one of the latter types of companies, then an attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve for your decline in health.


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