Managing Mental Health Problems in Your Employees

Taking care of your mental health and ‘self-care’ is an important topic at the moment, especially as the scale of mental health problems in the UK are growing. It’s something that needs to be seriously considered by people and businesses – but what happens when a long-term mental health problem with one of your employees is costing your business money?

If there is a long-term illness that is causing productivity problems in your business, you need to ensure that your employee is being treated fairly, your HR management processes are working and your managers are dealing with the matter in as risk-free manner as possible.

However, what do you do if you find that the mental health problem is resulting in a long-term absence and causing serious problems for your company? Is it time to dismiss the employee?

If you do find that this line has been crossed, you need dedicated and experienced HR support to help both employers and managers work through this problem.

What do you need to think about?

If you believe that the affected employee has a long-term mental health problem that may cause them to not return to work within a reasonable period, there may be grounds for a dismissal based on their incapability.

Do you consider the employee to be incapable, on reasonable grounds? Can you wait any longer for the employee to recover? Factors to take into account include the size of your business and how much difficulty and disruption the absence is causing, balancing the mental health problem of your employee against your business needs.

If you do want to consider dismissing an employee on these grounds, there are several steps to take. You must:

  • undertake an investigation
  • seek an up to date medical report on the employee’s state of health
  • fully consult with your employee
  • discuss possibilities to help the employee return to work
  • consider if alternative work is available
  • carefully review any evidence given to you by the employee and take this into account

Want to find out more about mental health problems in the workplace? Contact us today.

Sources

http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/r/p/pdp-from-stress-to-distress-accessible-version-July-2011.pdf

https://www.simplifythelaw.co.uk/employees-staff/sickness-absence/sickness-dismissal-example-incapacity

 

 

 

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