As I’ve mentioned in the past, depression can have a significant impact in the workplace, including procrastination and missed deadlines, difficulties with memory and learning, and much more. Often overlooked in discussions about depression in the workplace is that anxiety can be a related factor. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly […]
Individuals with depression miss an average of 4.8 workdays and suffer 11.5 days of reduced productivity in a given three-month period.1 It’s no surprise that mental health issues are a growing concern for employers. Employers know they should be having proactive discussions with their employees and want to find the right solutions, but many don’t […]
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.
A common misconception about a workplace accommodation is that it involves providing an employee with a new chair or an ergonomic keyboard. This simply is not the case, as many return-to-work or stay-at-work efforts involve a mental health need. In fact, I recently assisted a 34-year-old employee return to work after a short-term disability leave prompted by depression and anxiety.
In my first post on handling employee job stress, I walked through ways employers could spot the signs of stress, along with a few tips to increase communication with employees around this issue. As a next step, you also can consider some out-of-the-box solutions that can be very effective in helping employees alleviate mind and body stress at work.
If your employees were dealing with job-related stress, would you be able to recognize the signs? Would you choose to address it or do nothing at all? Employees are trying to deal with heavier workloads and increased responsibility in the workplace (aka “doing more with less”), which is leading to excessive stress and, in return, lower productivity. Where some employers shy away from addressing the issue head on, you and your management team might consider intervention as an option. This first post in a two-part series will offer ways you can take charge of employee job stress in your workplace.