Normally we know when our colleagues are not well. They'll come down with a sniffle and go home lunchtime, or phone in early saying they've been up all night with a tummy bug.
But do we know whether our colleague is mentally ok? They could be stressed, depressed, or hide a more serious mental concern such as bipolar disease, ADHD or anxiety.
While issues such as divorce, substance abuse, crime, feelings of inadequacy and psychological trauma can cause mental health problems, we may not know the signs.
Look for these:
Having difficulty working and cooperating with colleagues
Problems with memory, decision-making and concentration
Frequent late arrival or absence from work
Tiredness and general malaise
Anger and blame directed at co-workers
Decreased productivity/poor performance
Inaccuracy and lack of attention to safety
Lack of interest in work
Working a lot of extra hours
Confused logic and expressing strange ideas
The good news is, there's always help, even if it doesn't come from your company.
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