The Disabled Workforce: Psychological Disabilities, the ADA, and the Stressed-Out Worker

DMEC Staff@Work

Psychological Disabilities, the ADA, and the Stressed-Out Worker: Part 2

Stressed Out WorkersBy Rachel Shaw, JD

CEO and Principal
Shaw HR Consulting

One in four American adults experiences mental health problems in any given year,1 with employees suffering from depression alone reporting the equivalent of 27 missed work days per year.2 Loss related to mental disorders is comparable to that from cardiovascular diseases — and higher than that of cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes.3 Every employer can reduce the negative impact of mental illness in three areas.

1) Unmanaged Leave

Sometimes terrible things happen that predicate sick or family care leave for employees, so we must support leave use when needed. Yet employers struggle with workload and staffing due to misuse, and so do coworkers. Often the early signs of mental health issues go unnoticed until a leave is requested. Address leave use head-on; have hard conversations and discuss concerns as leave is being taken.

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