Strong ROI to hiring people with mental illness: Study

Analysis shows five-year net savings of $56,000 to $204,000
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/31/2018

After a traumatic event in 2012, “Nancy,” a government worker in the Nova Scotia transport department, was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety and depression.

But it didn’t stop her from being successful in her job — in fact, it had the opposite effect.

“I am constantly thinking of every possible outcome of every possible situation, so... when a crisis comes up or a deadline, I handle that stuff like a breeze because I am so mentally prepared for any possible outcome,” said Nancy, who requested her real name not be used.