Mental health conditions continue to be among the leading causes of workplace absence and are associated with high cost for treatments and lost wages. Mental health issues are often not the primary diagnosis but influence recovery and return to work, and because mental health issues often go “under the radar”, their impact may not be captured in claims data.
Given that employees are spending more than half of their day at work, inadequate staffing, low increases in pay, and high job expectations are proving to have a significant impact on stress-related physical and psychological illnesses. Thus, the compounded impact of mental health conditions on businesses, both from a cost and productivity perspective, is important.
The 2016 DMEC Behavioral Health Survey tracks employer strategies, advancements, prevalence, and effectiveness in the area of behavioral risk management. As evidenced by the survey results, employers continue to enhance these offerings for their employees and recognize the value they provide not only in the overall employee experience, but also in containing the high costs that result from mental health conditions.
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