September 19, 2016
Everyone dreads going into work sometimes. But for those with a mental health disorder, that feeling is more than just a run-of-the-mill case of “the Mondays.” Here are some things that people with mental illnesses want their boss to know.
- Productivity can suffer if they’re not supported
- That lack of motivation can also extend into a person’s ability to complete tasks once they arrive at the office.That’s why encouragement, understanding and support are vital. It doesn’t just help the employee, but the employer as well.
- They’re afraid of being held back if they reveal their illness
- Of course, it’s up to the individual whether or not they want to disclose any health condition. However, there’s a lot of hesitation with mental illness. Because of the stigma attached to mental health issues, people often stay silent about their condition for fear of being punished professionally.
- Sometimes therapy will conflict with work schedules
- Therapy is one of the most effective ways to manage a mental health illness and it’s crucial that an individuals follow their treatment plan outlined by a medical professional. Unfortunately, that sometimes means that therapy appointments may conflict with work engagements or even may need to happen during lunch breaks.
- Your support means the world
- Recognizing and validating an employee’s psychological condition or well-being can do wonders. Offering your understanding or support for someone dealing with a mental health issue. That can make a huge difference.