Employees are becoming increasingly scared to seek treatment for mental health issues in several countries, including the United States, according to Catherine Skrzypinski. Mental health issues, including substance abuse, especially those brought on by the recent recession, have a direct impact on the productivity of employees. Employees with mental health or substance abuse issues, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and alcohol abuse are more likely to call in sick than those without these challenges. When individuals with these illnesses are at work they are less likely to be able to focus 100% on their daily tasks or projects, which affects the bottom line for the company. Employees are less likely to seek medical help for mental disorders because they are afraid of being fired or discriminated against, even though this behavior is illegal.
Employees need to feel comfortable seeking help. They also need to feel comfortable talking with supervisors and HR about issues in their personal life that are affecting their work. This will help supervisors understand certain employee behavior and allow them to help the employee. Supervisors aren’t meant to be drill sergeants. Instead, they are meant to be a support system for the employee to do his or her job. Sometimes, this means helping an employee get the treatment he or she needs in order to continue being productive in the workplace.
Does your supervisor support you? Do you know of anyone you work with who suffers from a mental illness? Does their work suffer because of it?