Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) is a very serious condition that can impact people from all walks of life. Individuals who have been in serious accidents, experienced a traumatic loss, or who have served in your country’s military are likely to suffer from this disorder on some level.

It’s important to remember that people suffering from PTSD, whether they’re new or seasoned employees, may have special needs that you’ll need to be able to accomodate. Not everyone will have trouble functioning in the workplace, but those who do deserve compassion and a bit of flexibility.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Does the employee suffer from memory loss? Perhaps you can create a weekly task sheet or take extra care to provide written instructions.
  • Does the employee have trouble concentrating? Maybe he needs a quieter or more private workspace. He may also need a schedule that does not permit others to bother him during certain hours.
  • Does the employee have time management issues? If so, you may need to break projects into small pieces, utilize to-do lists, and stay on top of deadlines.
  • Does the employee seem consistently stressed? He may need a few extra short breaks or longer periods of time to complete tasks.
  • Do his coworkers understand the situation? Other employees may not understand the special needs of someone with PTSD. It’s important to make sure other employees are aware of the situation – only disclosing as much information as is allowable by law.

These are only a few things to consider. Make sure you take special care when working with individuals with PTSD. They deserve the same type of compassion, understanding, and flexibility you’d give anyone else going through a difficult tome. Who knows – if you make the right accomodations you may just find you’ve hired your best employee ever!

Thanks again,


Sean McPheat

Managing Director

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