Thursday, January 26, 2017

How to create a productive workplace for those with mental illness - UNION BULLETIN

by Shelby Shewchuk 
Originally published: January 24, 2017

A study in 2006 showed 52 percent of employees in America say their workplace does not do enough to promote worker health. Every year, roughly 18 percent of the adult population in the U.S. suffers from a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many of those adults hold down a job while also dealing with the symptoms of their mental illness that can greatly reduce their productivity.

A person should be able to discuss mental health problems with their supervisor or employer just as easily as they could discuss a physical illness or injury. More often than not, however, workers keep their problems with mental illness silent for fear they might lose their job.

A supervisor may not realize an employee is struggling with mental illness — unlike a physical illness that can be seen and easily recognized. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 provides a deeper understanding of the type of accommodations that can and should be made for an employee who suffers with a mental illness.