Feeling stressed-out at work is something almost everyone has experienced at one time or another. However, if left unaddressed, it can have a profound effect on the productivity of an organization and the mental well-being of its employees.
If you meet Stuart Gaunt for the first time, you might notice he smiles a bit more. As a new dad to a baby girl, Stuart and his wife are happy people these days.
At work, Stuart is a mental health case manager for Workplace Possibilities. He spends his time reviewing mental health claims and working with the Workplace Possibilities Consultants to determine if and how people with mental health issues can return to their jobs safely and efficiently.
Stuart has been with The Standard since 2004 and has Bachelor of Science in sociology and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.
Although rare these days, Stuart’s spare time is spent watching his nephews play sports, hiking in the Oregon mountains or listening to music.
Posts by Stuart Gaunt
Imagine if you were feeling totally overwhelmed at work and at home. Perhaps you have a lot of anxiety regarding your finances, your spouse or your children. Or maybe the demands at work have increased due to a reduction in the workforce at your company, and you have more stress than ever before.
Now consider if you were this overwhelmed and you tried to discuss it with your manager, but he or she was too busy or too distracted to listen. On the other hand, what impact could a manager have on an employee if the manager was willing and trained to help employees improve their personal situations?
As people begin traveling for their summer vacations, they likely will use maps and signs to bypass the dead ends, and reach their destinations safely. Much like traveling, “reading the signs” also applies to mental health issues.
Depression is on the rise in the workplace today, and it’s pertinent for employers and employees to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms. The sooner they do, the more quickly employees can receive professional treatment and return to their life, and work healthier, happier and more productive.
“Do as I say, not as I do!” I remember my father saying this to me on more than one occasion. Now that I’m a father I can understand why — it’s difficult to practice what you preach! However, when it comes to helping your employees manage their physical and mental health, what you preach is often what you need to be practicing.
Can you imagine driving your car without mirrors? Not only would it be difficult to see your blind spots it also could be quite dangerous.
When it comes to mental health in our culture, there continues to be a stigma around admitting you are experiencing symptoms and/or seeking treatment. But the truth is we all have blind spots when it comes to recognizing psychiatric symptoms. As an employer there are ways to assist your employees in getting the help they need.