"Mental health problems have an impact on employees and businesses directly through increased absenteeism, negative impact on productivity and profits, as well as an increase in costs to deal with the issues," explained Tonya Bahr, one of our expert Benefits Advisors. Additionally, they impact employee morale adversely.

This results in increased sick absences, high staff turnover and unsatisfactory performance within the business, not to mention the heightened possibility for injury. Stress from the modern work environment typically derives from excessive pressures or other types of demands placed upon employees. There is a clear distinction between pressure, which is a common motivation factor, and stress, which can occur when the pressure becomes excessive.

Certain employees are at a higher risk of suffering from mental health problems than their co-workers. Nonetheless, higher stress levels correlate with a higher risk for mental health issues. Therefore, it is important as an employer or hiring manager to read the signs of potential mental health issues in employees before it is too late.

1. Relationship Problems with Superiors

The most common origin for office stress is dealing with a difficult boss, as certain individuals may fear the hierarchical nature of the organization. Yet, this is the simplest of issues to resolve, as the key to overcoming mental illness lies in the effectiveness of communication. For example, striking up a sincere, relaxed conversation could potentially soften hard feelings. Sometimes, the boss may set unrealistic targets, where an honest discussion can help adjust deadlines.

2. Relationship Problems with Co-Workers

Another reason for an increase in mental illness in the workplace could be difficult co-workers. This is especially true in work environments that surround a culture of competitiveness. This makes for a more difficult work environment, increasing stress. However, employers can make time for conflict resolution by employing a tactic of mutual conversation, concluded by an agreement.

3. Work/Family Conflict

Today, families struggle coping with an increasingly complex world, and that family stress is often carried on an employee’s shoulders when they enter their workplace. Fortunately, you can help employees balance work and life by providing different avenues for seeking mental health care, as well as providing educational resources to your staff. In fact, many employers allow a ‘flex-time’ benefit to help employees work the hours they will be most-focused, relieving anxiety and stress over missing, for example, their child’s baseball game.

Why Hierl?

At Hierl Insurance, we love what we do, and this includes a partnership with you in mind. We understand the demands of each client are unique, so we craft your options to fit your business perfectly, creating a different story for each client. We believe it is OK to like your experts. We stand by waiting to greet you with a warm welcome to devise a blueprint to turn your company’s dreams into reality.

To speak with Tonya, contact her today at (920) 921-5921 or by email at tbahr@hierl.com