COM106 Information Literacy and Communication
April 6, 2013
People experience a variety of painful issues in their lives. From the beginning, some issues are more challenging than others, in part because of struggles with either addiction or depression. People who manage their concerns are also managing them when they step into their daily jobs. The problems people carry with them can affect their job performance and their relationships. Their compromised attention can cause additional frustrations such as mistakes and missed work. This is a significant problem businesses must address and some solutions have been discussed that offer the potential for a plan of action. Workplace Statistics
One in four adults suffers from mental health disorders every year (Statistics, 2010). If we consider the number of people who made up the American population in 2004, this constitutes approximately 57.7 million people. There is approximately a .9% population growth within the United States each year (Population Growth, 2011), and fewer people are choosing to seek mental health support than ever before. The survey referenced above states that people would rather, “eat (28%), smoke (14%), shop (15%) or watch TV (36%) than see a therapist as a stress management technique.” (Survey Says, 2010). According to Harvard Medical School (2010), a study using the “Who” questionnaire was performed at 10 companies, polling 34,622 employees the financial impact of 25 chronic physical issues and mental health issues the cost per employee. Calculating the cost per employee companies were paying for medical and pharmacy expenses to include time lost from and work and low productivity.
“When research ranked the most costly health conditions (including direct and indirect costs), depression ranked first, and anxiety ranked fifth. Obesity, arthritis, back and neck pain in between....