As mental illness becomes less taboo, it has become increasingly clear that people may develop mental health issues due to work-related stress.
Some signs that you or a coworker are experiencing mental health problems include: oversleeping, withdrawing from colleagues, increased use of drugs or alcohol, or a decline in work performance.
Thus, it is vital for employers to recognize potential factors that can contribute to mental illness, and have the tools in place to combat it.
First, it should be an organization’s duty to invest in mental health initiatives in order to intervene and aid workers before issues become a serious problem. Improving the wellbeing and mental health of employees is beneficial to the company if a worker has the tools needed to find professional help. When workers are equipped with such tools, work-related tasks improve.
Mentally healthy employees also means reduced operational costs and risks as employees are less likely to miss work due to stress or illness.
Employers who help destigmatize mental illness can help build a supportive, healthy work environment that improves productivity and employee retention.
Overall, employers have a responsibility to provide their workers with the appropriate resources that cater to those with mental illnesses. This can include varying treatment options, benefit plans, hiring a wellness counselor, or a combination of all three.