- They’re taking more sick days than usual
If someone used to be a highly reliable employee but has suddenly started missing work a lot, this might be a sign that there’s someone going on in their lives. Keep in mind that mental health concerns such as depression are one of the leading causes of workplace absenteeism. If missing work and calling in sick become a pattern for one of your employees, try to dig deeper into their problem and see if there’s any way you can support them.
- They’re working while they’re unwell
However, someone can also struggle with a mental health issue if they’re always present at work. Presenteeism, which refers to working while sick or at reduced capacity, is another indicator of a potential mental health condition. It may show up in someone’s behaviour like:
- working at a suboptimal level
- an inability to focus or not being ‘mentally present’
- getting distracted easily
- struggling with low energy levels.
- They’re unkempt
Another sign that someone is struggling is when they’re no longer taking care of their physical appearance. This may result in poor personal hygiene, lack of grooming or even dressing inappropriately at work.
Therefore, if you notice any of those signs in any of your employees, try to have a private conversation with them and guide them to an appropriate mental health support service.