Mental Health Days in the Workplace

For many companies, keeping production levels high while keeping employees happy is at the top of their goals.  They put effort into trainings, strive to increase performance, and even offer health screenings or health education.  The question to consider involves mental health days being offered to employees.  Do many companies put forth effort into recognizing employee mental health and offer mental health days?

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Depression Costs Workplaces Billions In Absenteeism

Research continues to quantify the effects of depression on not only individuals, but also their employers. According to the article below 68 million additional days of work are missed each year by workers who have been diagnosed with depression. This is costing an estimated $23 billion in lost productivity each year for employers! That is a staggering number. One benefit to this research being done, aside from continuing the conversation that needs to be had about mental health, is it is causing employers to increase the attention they are paying to their employees’ mental health, as well as improve mental health benefits and adding employee assistance programs to help individuals navigate through challenging times in their lives. Have you seen other ways that employers are working to improve the mental health of their employees? What does your employer do?

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