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Nearly half of workers believe that their employers don’t view it’s okay to take off for mental health reasons, which is why many do not take more mental health time off. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s January. The days are short and gloomy and the holiday season is behind us. Are you finding that more employees are calling in sick (federal agencies aside)? No, it’s no a seasonal flu going around. More likely, your employees are among the roughly one third of those who say they’ve taken a mental health day to stave off burnout–but don’t want to admit that’s the reason.

Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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