How do you avoid violating privacy and confidentiality while still taking action you believe is in your employee’s best interest? Photo: Getty Images

Imagine these scenarios: In the course of a regularly scheduled meeting, you notice that your employee has grown visibly thinner. Or colleagues tell you their observations of disturbing memory lapses and mental mistakes; or the employee’s conversation becomes sprinkled with potential indications of depression or even suicidality

You ask the employee about it, and encourage him or her to make an appointment for evaluation or medical assistance, but then what? If you are seriously concerned, can you call a family member? How do you avoid violating privacy and confidentiality while still taking action you believe is in your employee’s best interest?   

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