How do you deal with workers with declines in productivity due to stress that could lead to anxiety and depression? Do you ostracize them because you don’t know what to say? Does their ‘depression’ leave you down?
The impact that mental health has on workplaces is growing; according to the World Health Organization, depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide by the year 2020.
As the incidence of mental illness in the workplace increases, associated cases of mobbing also rise. Some mobbing is overt (rudeness and physical intimidation); often it is more subtle (social ostracism and exclusion). Little incidents build up and over time, mobbing erodes the self-confidence and self-esteem of the mobbed employee.
It is essential for every worker to be able to recognize and respond appropriately to mental health issues. Employers and managers must understand the impact on interpersonal relationships for all staff members and respond to issues before they escalate.
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