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The Economic Cost of Poor Employee Mental Health

Story Highlights

  • Employees with inadequate mental health miss four times more work
  • Workers say their job is more likely to hurt mental health than to help it
  • Over half of workers do not have easily accessible support services

Nearly one-fifth of U.S. workers (19%) rate their mental health as fair or poor, and these workers report about four times more unplanned absences due to poor mental health than do their counterparts who report good, very good or excellent mental health. Projected over a 12-month period, workers with fair or poor mental health are estimated to have nearly 12 days of unplanned absences annually compared with 2.5 days for all other workers. Generalized across the U.S. workforce, this missed…

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