Addressing Mental Well-Being In and Out of the Workplace: How Employers Can Help
By Edward Crouch, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Liberty Mutual Benefits
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that in 2015, 17.9% of adults experienced a mental illness and 6.7% experienced an episode of major depression.1 The impact on your employees and the resulting absence and productivity losses can be significant. Your employees’ mental health can be impacted by stress at work, finances, and their personal lives. Employers can play a major role in eliminating some of these stressors and thereby enhance employees’ mental well-being.
Perhaps the biggest opportunity for employers to prevent behavioral disability exists in selecting the right individual for a job. The importance of job fit cannot be overestimated. Do we consider what a job requires in the way of characteristics and capabilities, and interview accordingly? Asking job candidates about their strategies and coping skills to manage similar stresses in past jobs is not only legal, but wise.
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