Three Steps to Support Employees with Mental Illness

This recent article in Employee Benefit News begins with a staggering statistic: About one in five US workers has a mental illness, but the majority of those have not disclosed it to their employers. Also disturbing is that over half are unaware of programs or support offered by their employer. 

The article provides three steps employers can take to support employees with mental illness – develop effective communications, get buy-in from leadership, and engage frontline management in your efforts. This last may be the most important, since managers are most likely to know about an employee’s mental health issues. Training mangers how to respond could have a direct impact on reducing absenteeism and increasing productivity.

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Tracy Watts
by Tracy Watts

Senior Partner, National Leader for U.S. Health Policy

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