Mental health is a big issue in our society today especially in the workplace. For an employee to efficiently perform their duties, it is essential that they are in a stable environment that fosters mental health. On average, about 18% of the adults experience mental health issues. Out of this number, approximately 5% suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD is a behavioral mental disorder that may include symptoms such as impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inattentiveness. It is most common in children but a section of adults suffer from this disorder. More often than not ADHD in adults tend to go unnoticed or undiagnosed.
Most adults that are diagnosed with ADHD usually in most cases have suffered from the same in their childhood. There is no specific cause for the condition, however, for most patients it is a condition that runs in their families. Other causes include; prematurely born babies, drug and substance abuse by the mother during pregnancy as well as low birth weight.
Symptoms of ADHD at the workplace
Due to the increasing cases of deteriorating mental health issues, it is important for employers to familiarize themselves with various mental health issues and learn how to recognize issues such as ADHD. Creating a friendly environment is a vital aspect of destigmatizing staff with mental health issues as well as avoid aggravating their situation further. Some of the common symptoms of ADHD in adults include the following.
- Difficulty in finishing work promptly
- Lack of concentration
- Inability to follow instructions
There are several ways in which employers can deal with the mental health issues of their staff. Some of them include;
Assist the affected staff in dealing with the issue
Every employer should take a supportive role to enable and help their staff to overcome their issue. Some of the mental health problems experienced by people are easily treatable. Thus employees should take an active role in their treatment process. Some of the ways through which the employer could participate are by; creating friendly policies in support of mental, emotional and psychological wellness as well as the treatment process. The employer should also ensure that they allow their staff to attend their therapy appointments in time even though it is during working hours.
The rule out rule
An employer should before taking disciplinary action against a staff member, ensure that they rule out the probability of the underperformance of the staff is not as a result of a mental health problem. In the event that the person in question is mentally ill then the employer should be supportive.
Make use of resources
The employer should equip themselves with ADHD resources that provide insight into the management of ADHD and other mental health issues to effectively combat and assist the affected employee in their recovery journey. Some of the valuable skills that can be acquired from the available resources include being able to identify individual trigger factors, effective communication with the affected person as well as learning how to deal with impulses.
Create mental health programs and activities
They can be incorporated in the normal corporate wellness programs of a firm. Mental health does deserve equal attention as other health issues get. While most of these programs only deal with issues such as cancer, hypertension and other financially straining ailments, it is important that mental health be part of the program. The employer can bring in experts to educate their staff on general mental wellness as well as how to support their colleagues who are affected. Firms can also provide in-house therapists to help staff members in need of therapy.
Management of mental health problems in the workplace contributes to the overall performance of the firm. For a firm to maximize its output, it is important that mental welfare of employees is addressed. Effectively dealing with these issues will help persons suffering be more confident their recovery as well as create a safe environment for them. It will also help in breaking stigma associated with mental health and also create an acceptance culture where everybody in the workplace embraces their colleagues with mental health challenges.
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