One in four people will have a mental health problem at some point. Mental health is how we feel, think and behave. These health problems can be caused by work related issues.
Employers have a legal duty to help their employees. Work related issues must be assessed and, if a risk is identified, steps must be taken to remove or reduce the cause as far as is reasonably practicable.
The first thing to do as a manager would be to talk to them as soon as you notice a problem. If they don’t want to talk to you suggest they talk to someone else.
Make reasonable adjustments at work if you can, or refer them to their GP.
If an employee does go off sick, keep in contact with them so they don’t feel isolated, as this could make it worse.
Guidance and support are available on the HSE website where you will find a list of links available which you may find useful.