What to Do When Your Employee Brings up Mental Health

Last week, I was sitting outside at a restaurant on a busy foot-traffic-only street. One of my teen’s friends walked by and stopped to chat. She was with a group of other friends. I mentioned how sad my daughter was that they had had to cancel their lunch date earlier in the week. She apologized and said, “I know. I forgot I had a psych appointment.”

None of her friends reacted nervous or upset to find out that their friend met with a psychiatrist. I’m pretty sure they already knew, and they didn’t care.

While mental health was a taboo subject in the past, it’s less so now. This means that your employees are likely to bring up their mental health struggles, and you need to be prepared to talk about it.

The Wall Street Journal asked when it’s okay to reveal to your boss that you’re having mental health problems. Their expert, Jill Hooley, a psychology professor at Harvard University, says that she is “leery” of having her patients speak to their bosses.

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  1. These days, I’m no longer sure that even customer-facing employees cannot work from home. The last time I went to my Credit Union, instead of tellers working across a counter, they had a series of booths containing what looked like ATM machines with monitors. I dealt with the teller via video-conference, and we exchanged documents and currency through the ATM deposit, withdrawal and receipt slots. I have no idea where the teller was actually located. She could have been working from home, for all I know.

      1. Yes, it was a little freaky, the first time. I’ve since been back, and it worked even better than the first time. They’ve also modified the ATM so that you can withdraw up to $4,000.00 — I believe the previous limit was $400.00 per day — and even specify the denominations, between $1 and $100 bills (except for $50-dollar bills), thereby totally eliminating the need for a teller for most withdrawals. Unfortunately, servicing the ATM still requires humans, one of whom was recently murdered during a daring daylight ambush by robbers.

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