Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

The Hartford, a provider of disability insurance, has released new research regarding mental health issues.  The study shows the prevalence of both mental illness in the workplace and a stigma that prevents those facing mental health challenges from accessing care.

According to the study, which polled both employers and employees, 70% of employers reported mental health challenges among their employees, with 72% saying that stigmas around mental health prevented care. Twenty-seven percent of employees said they struggle with depression or anxiety most days or a few times a week, which was up 20% from March 2020.

Further, according to the study, there is a disconnect in how employers perceive the mental health issues versus how employees do.  For example, while 80% of employers said their company culture has been more accepting of mental health challenges in the past year, only 59% of workers agree.  Similarly, 78% of employers said workers had flexibility in their schedule to get mental health help, but only 58% of workers agreed.

The study also highlighted the economic impact of untreated conditions in the workplace, with 31% of employers reporting that employee mental health strain is having a significant or severe financial impact on their company.  This is a 10-point increase from a March 2020 survey.  Despite this increase, 70% of employers and 62% of employees felt that the workplace will become less stigmatized as a result of the pandemic.

Depression, anxiety, and burnout can all be causes of missed work and, in some, can lead to the need to file a disability insurance claim. However, such cases can be notoriously hard to prove up.  If you have mental health concerns and are considering filing a claim, please feel free to contact one of our attorneys directly.


The Hartford Study: Majority of Employers Recognize Mental Health As A Significant Workplace Issue, Report Stigma Prevents Treatment, businesswire,


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