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16 February 2016

Thought Leader: Kristin Tugman

Photo: Kristin TugmanCompanies have a role in helping employees battle mental health conditions 

"A negative workplace environment can contribute to a greater number of unplanned absences for those suffering from mental health conditions," says Kristin Tugman, vice president, health and productivity analytics and consulting practice, Prudential Group Insurance. "But if a company understands the issue and takes steps to address it, they can positively impact their employees' behavioral health."

Organizational factors such as managerial effectiveness, employee engagement and a supportive culture have been shown to positively impact the level of comfort employees have disclosing and seeking help for behavioral health disabilities. Programs can also help those battling 'presenteeism' (being at work but unable to perform at full capacity).

According to the World Health Organization, mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, are one of the leading causes of lost productivity in the form of presenteeism and employee absences. In particular, depression is estimated to cause 200 million lost work days each year at a cost of $17 billion to $44 billion¹.
Interested in more information or want to speak with Kristin? Contact Sheila Bridgeforth.
¹ Cuijipers, P. Beekman, A.T.F., & Reynolds, C.F. (2012). Multiple chronic conditions among adults aged 45 and over: Trends over the past 10 years. NCHS Data Brief (100).Group Insurance coverages are issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, a Prudential Financial company.
© 2016 Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities.



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