Thousands of people deal with mental health problems every day in America. A good number of these people are employees whose mental problem could have a toll on their performance at work. Even though mental problems are gradually being accepted in the society, it remains difficult for people to discuss such problems with their bosses in the workplace. Somehow, they fear talking about it with their employers could put their job at risk.
Not telling your employer about your mental health problem is particularly disadvantageous in various fronts. Not only does the condition go unrecognized and thereby untreated, it greatly hinders efficiency in the office. Disorders like depression, anxiety and ADHD are particularly disturbing because they have a direct impact on productivity.
Research studies confirm that mental health disorders greatly hinder the viability of companies. Researchers actually recommend these institutions invest in the public health of their workers. They note quite a number of benefits that this can have on the company and its staff, but highlight that for these benefits to be fully ripped, the employees need to open up to their bosses.
Of course it is a difficult thing accepting your mental health problem; talk less of disclosing it to friends, colleagues or bosses in your workplace. Many of these patients fear rejection from their colleagues. Some fear they could even lose their jobs. We however must get past these thoughts to be able to adequately deal with mental health problems in the workplace. Americans ought to learn to receive and accept people with mental health disorders in their workplaces and all around the society for the problem to really be solved.
There is quite some progress being made to provide a favorable atmosphere for every worker, everywhere in America. Perhaps Americans are beginning to better understand that when these mental issues are properly sorted out, companies make much more profit as they enjoy fewer job related accidents, sick days and employee turnover.
Until Americans fully understand this policy and actually implement it, productivity may continue to be low for most companies. There will always be people with mental health issues and they will always be less productive if they do not have a good enough environment to express their problem. So should employees tell their bosses about their mental health problems? Well, it will be greatly advantageous if they do.