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“Workers often say they are taking a
mental-health day with a wink and
nudge, as it is commonly understood
that they will be catching up on house-
work or going to the beach,” wrote
Francesca Fontana in the Wall Street
Journal. But “more companies are try-
ing to destigmatize mental illness and
encourage workers to use mental-health
days for their original intent.”
One in five U.S. adults has a mental-
health condition, according to the National
Alliance on Mental Illness. Large companies such
as Ernst & Young, American Express Co. and Prudential
Financial have initiatives aimed at helping their employ-
ees recognize mental health problems (their own or co-
workers’) and to get any help they might need.
“The policies don’t just reflect employer benevolence,” Fontana wrote.
“Major depressive disorder[s] alone cost companies $78 billion in lost productivity
in 2010 because of employees showing up to work while struggling with the illness.” l Source: wsj.com
More Companies Learn
to Just Say No to Drug Testing
Fewer companies are giving drug tests to their employees. Why?
“Not surprisingly, companies in states where marijuana has been legal-
ized—whether for recreational or medicinal use—are leading this
trend,” wrote Gene Marks. A recent survey of 609 Colorado
employers showed that two-thirds of them currently conduct
drug tests of their employees, but that’s down from 77% a year
earlier. And large companies like AutoNation, Inc. and the
Denver Post have changed their policies.
“Circumstances have changed,” Marks wrote. “The tight
economy is making it hard to find and retain good people, and
drug testing further limits an employer’s options. … Another fac-
tor is the rising costs of doing drug tests—which can be as much
as $30 to $50 a pop.”
Additionally, recent studies show that Americans’ attitudes toward
certain drugs have grown more tolerant, “particularly when compared to previous
generations,” Marks wrote. l Source: washingtonpost.com dRAWIng
is a Day off Good for
Your Mental health?
Forms over time.
Or does It?
Evidence is mounting that people
make snap judgements, often in
milliseconds, about a person’s
trustworthiness. Things that make
people think you’re more trustworthy include:
Whether you look like someone
else trustworthy whom the
observer already knows.