Tag: depression

How to Identify and Approach Employees Who Are Depressed or Suicidal

Although newer research suggests that people are actually less depressed and less suicidal around the holidays, the World Health Organization reports that the number of people living around the world with depression increased 18.4% between 2005 and 2015, and that suicide was the second leading cause of death among those individuals aged 15 to 29 […]

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Ways to Help Employees with Anxiety or Depression

When employees are struggling, there are a lot of ways the employer can impact the situation both positively and negatively. We all know that mental health is a critical component of overall health, and mental health concerns among employees can quickly become problematic. It is in everyone’s best interests for employers to be supportive and […]

Invisible battle against postpartum depression: Survivor speaks up

Note from Dan Oswald: The following, shared by Elizabeth Petersen, who is president of Simplify Compliance’s healthcare division, is a highly personal story about a struggle she faced. I believe her willingness to share it shows courage on her part. It contains a great lesson for all of us. There are certain subjects that I, […]

Workers and grief: What HR needs to consider when employees suffer loss

Knowing what to do when someone suffers the loss of a loved one isn’t easy, especially in the workplace, where some people are open about personal relationships and others strive for separation between their work and personal lives. But no matter an employee’s thinking, certain situations—particularly a death in the family—make explanations at work necessary. […]

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Does the ADA Protect a Nondisabled Employee Who Requests an Accommodation?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) forbids discrimination in employment based on disability and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to their employees’ disabilities. The ADA also prohibits retaliation against those who seek reasonable accommodations or protection under the Act. But does the ADA protect an employee without a disability who requests an accommodation? The […]

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Making Mental Wellness a Workplace Priority

It just doesn’t make any sense. Mention to someone that you have a chronic condition like high cholesterol or heart disease, and they will shower you with empathy, offers of assistance, and maybe even a recipe for a healthy snack. Mention that you suffer from mental illness, and the same person is just as likely […]

Questions and answers on accommodating employees with mental disabilities

by Jonathan R. Mook The following article answers some common questions about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) recently promulgated guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and mental health conditions. Q Why should employers review the EEOC’s mental health guidance?  A If they haven’t already dealt with the issue, many employers will be […]

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How to Deal with a Toxic Job

A toxic job. It’s one where people are assigned more work than they can accomplish, micro-managed about how to get the work done, and surrounded by people who don’t have their back. Also known as the “toxic triad,” this combination of high demand, low control, and low social support leads to increased likelihood of depression, burnout, stress, sleep disturbances, and absenteeism.

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ADA interactive process: When does your obligation to engage begin?

by Susan Hartmus Hiser Q We have an employee whose work performance has been slipping lately. We have reason to believe that she is suffering from depression because she was diagnosed as bipolar and had a bout of depression a few years ago that led to a similar decline in her work performance. We allowed […]