Read the signs of mental illness in your workforce

Your staff are the most important asset of your business, however, can you read the signs of mental illness in a staff member. Maintaining and developing productivity is key but mental health issues can affect everyone in different ways. It is well documented that 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health issue at some point in our lives, so if you have a staff member that is not performing as usual, what do you do?

So you have a key member of staff, let’s say your Business Development Manager who has an excellent track record and is key to your success. Suddenly you receive a complaint from a customer that he did not show up, simply a mistake perhaps? Your Business Development Manager becomes snappy with certain staff members, may be a bad day, we all have them. That pro-active attitude becomes negative, they complain that their workload is becoming too much, maybe you have been putting too much pressure on them?

Could it be they are struggling with a problem they don’t want to talk about? The Mental Health Foundation state that 67% of employees feel scared, embarrassed or feel unable to talk about their issues to an employer.

Read the signs:

Here are some indicators to be aware of if a staff member may be struggling with a mental health issue:

The staff member may be:

  • Irritable with colleagues
  • Lose confidence in their ability
  • Sensitive to criticism
  • Lack concentration
  • Find difficulty in making decisions
  • Not fulfilling daily tasks
  • Makes unusual mistakes
  • Time management issues
  • Absenteeism
  • Becoming introverted or extroverted
  • Change in appearance
  • Looking tired or drained
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Drop in motivation
  • Productivity has fallen

The most common issue with mental health in the workplace is stress and anxiety and can be triggered by several reasons. It could be an issue in the workplace or it could be something happening in the own personal life. How are you going to deal with this?

NECS Works offers a solution. We provide a free consultation to local business owners and will discuss the issues you face in a professional and confidential manner. We can provide employee counselling and other support to help the member of staff or team to tackle the issues using our professionally trained and accredited counsellors.

Take the burden of your shoulders and call us to arrange a free consultation.

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