Revealing the costs and consequences of hidden mental illness: … and ways of reducing its impact on the employee and employer
Human Resource Management International Digest
Article publication date: 13 October 2014
This paper aims to describe how performance management may inadvertently expose employees with a hidden mental illness to disciplinary procedures.
It outlines how to manage possible cases of hidden mental illness to ensure HR specialists are providing valuable resources in this area, rather than pursuing a performance-management plan that may be inappropriate and/or ineffectual.
It highlights the importance of putting into place policies to deal with the high numbers of employees who make the conscious choice to keep their mental disorder hidden.
It explains that stigma and shame will often cause employees to remain silent about such illnesses, but when the symptoms of hidden mental disorders affect attendance and/or performance, the organization can consider adopting policies to deal with this area rather than ignoring it.
It reveals that, on average, 20 per cent of employees attend work in any calendar year with a common mental illness.
It provides useful guidance on dealing with mental illness, which is often hidden.
De Lorenzo, M. (2014), "Revealing the costs and consequences of hidden mental illness: … and ways of reducing its impact on the employee and employer", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 22 No. 7, pp. 36-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-10-2014-0142
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