Summary of Mental Illness at Work

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Staff members who underperform, torpedo projects, undermine office morale, violate legal or moral boundaries, or approach their work so carelessly that they get fired may be struggling with some form of mental illness. Psychologists Mary-Clare Race and Adrian Furnham help managers spot challenging mental issues and deal with them effectively. They demystify many mental health diagnoses and offer useful advice about how to work with and manage employees who have mental health issues. Race and Furnham do tend to describe people by their mental health condition, though best practice generally calls for using terms like “people with schizophrenia’ rather than “schizophrenics,” to highlight the affected people’s humanity, not their condition. However, most of the suggestions here are sound and practical. getAbstract finds the information thorough and very helpful, particularly for managers who are unfamiliar with mental illness.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to identify different forms of mental illness when they manifest at work,
  • How managers can work with employees who struggle with mental issues and
  • What work environments you can create to promote mental health.

About the Authors

Mary-Clare Race is a psychologist focusing on human behavior. Adrian Furnham is the author of more than 80 books and teaches psychology at University College London.



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