Absence Matters: Mental Health

DMEC Staff@Work

Thinking Out Loud About Mental Health

Thinking Out LoudBy Bryon Bass

SVP, Disability and Absence Practice & Compliance
Sedgwick

It’s no secret that mental health impacts organizational productivity and performance. Our integrated absence management (IAM) industry has long recognized that physical injuries and disabilities can cause lost workdays and increase costs, and it is beginning to address mental well-being and behavioral health needs.

Mental illnesses and behavioral disorders have frequently gone undetected or underreported, largely due to the stigma and social prejudice placed on such conditions.1 And yet stress, anxiety, and depression are among the top factors driving absenteeism and presenteeism in the workplace.2

Additionally, employees are coming to work with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition affecting those who have experienced a horrific event. Historically, the condition was associated with combat veterans returning to civilian life, first responders, and medical personnel who experienced violent crimes, highway wreckage, natural disasters, or emergency room decisions.

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