By Julie Goh
There is no one fixed method but there can be some common signs that may indicate an employee is struggling with mental health challenges:-
- Changes in Behaviour: Noticeable shifts in behaviour, such as increased irritability, mood swings, or withdrawal from social interactions.
- Decline in Work Performance: A sudden drop in productivity, missed deadlines, or a decrease in the quality of work.
- Frequent Absenteeism or Tardiness: Frequent unexplained absences, arriving late to work, or leaving early.
- Physical Symptoms: Physical complaints like headaches, fatigue, or unexplained aches and pains may sometimes be linked to mental health issues.
- Difficulty Concentrating: An employee may find it challenging to focus, make decisions, or complete tasks that were previously manageable.
- Emotional Outbursts: Displaying intense emotions, like anger or sadness, that seem disproportionate to the situation.
- Isolation: Withdrawing from team activities, avoiding social interactions, or expressing a desire to be alone.
- Neglecting Personal Appearance: A sudden decline in personal grooming or hygiene habits.
- Excessive Worries or Anxieties: Persistent worrying or displaying excessive anxiety over work-related matters.
- Uncharacteristic Reactions: Exhibiting unusual or out-of-character reactions to situations or stressors.
- Engaging in Risky Behaviours: Displaying behaviours that are uncharacteristically risky or harmful to themselves or others.
It's crucial to approach these signs with empathy and understanding, as they may also result from factors other than mental health issues. If you notice these signs, it's essential to initiate a private and supportive conversation with the employee. Offer empathy, listen without judgement, and encourage the employee to seek appropriate professional help or support. Remember, respecting confidentiality is paramount during these conversations to protect the employee's privacy and trust.