With more than 25 years of experience in corporations, I have observed that genetic and environmental vulnerability factors can lead to psychosis. For example, people diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience mood changes, disordered thoughts and inability to connect fully with reality. They may experience paranoia and delusions. Both mania and depression occur, as well. Current workplace trends, such as job insecurity and rising healthcare costs, can impact employee’s mental health and available treatment programs. Taking steps to implement wellness programs can mitigate problems that distract your employees from doing their jobs well.
According to study conducted by RAND Health for the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 40 percent of employers surveyed have employee assistance programs. About 72 percent of these employers characterize their wellness programs as screening and intervention activities. Results are used to monitor health risks for planning and risk management purposes.
Creating a productive environment and fostering collaboration that enables employees to complete job tasks safely prevents accidents. This also improves employee satisfaction and reduces absenteeism. Current workplace trends include offering programs and benefits related to stress management, such as gym memberships, onsite yoga classes and relaxation recommendations. According to researcher Hans Selye, stress isn’t necessarily bad, but failure, humiliation or other harm can be detrimental. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which typically develops after a terrifying ordeal, can even occur.
Preventing and Treating Substance Abuse
Employers can increase employee awareness of substance abuse risks by placing posters and brochures around workplace warning about the negative impact to the employee, his job and his family. Workplace trends include implementing programs to stop bad habits and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Fostering a supportive work environment enables employees to seek and receive the help they need.
Managing Mental Illness
Employers recognize that workers who are mentally healthy will feel good about themselves can cope with the demands, changes and challenges of the workplace. They understand that while everyone can feel emotionally upset, anxious or angry on occasion, when these feelings interfere with daily activities or remain for a long period time, they may signal a problem. Current workplace trends encourage employees to ask for help when they need it to solve problems. Organizations, such as Wellness Proposals,provide free resources to companies that help workers deal with a range of mental health issues, including affective psychosis.