Signs of Behavioral Health

It is often found that underlying stress-related conditions can cause a pattern of behavior that results in progressive discipline. 

We need to always ask why an individual would continue in a pattern of behavior that is risking their livelihood if they had the ability to change it themselves? 

Most of the time, they are at the mercy of a behavioral health problem such as addiction or mental illness and are unable to help themselves. Knowing the signs and symptoms of behavioral health issues can help you decide if one of your Union members, colleagues, or family members needs help.

Below is a list of common signs and symptoms of behavioral health problems, such as addiction or mental illness, or both:

  • Unexplained, frequent absenteeism
  • Ongoing tardiness 
  • Inappropriate use of FMLA
  • Going missing during work hours, without explanation 
  • Interpersonal problems on the job, such as an inability to get along with coworkers
  • Insubordination 
  • Complaints of harassment and inappropriate behavior 
  • Anger management issues, angry outbursts, aggression
  • Inappropriate use of email and social media
  • Borrowing money from coworkers and failing to pay it back 
  • Criminal off-duty conduct such as DUIs, domestic violence, arrests for petty crimes
  • Lowered productivity
  • Making frequent mistakes and underperforming
  • Regularly missing deadlines 
  • Uncharacteristic forgetfulness 
  • Appears disheveled 
  • Appearing under the influence during virtual or in-person meetings and interactions
  • Inability to provide return to work “fit for duty” certificate 
  • Ongoing progressive discipline 
  • Loudermill Hearing pending 
  • Preparing a defense for termination/arbitration

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