Approximately 18.8 million American adults experience depression in a given year (about 9.5% of the adult population), and people with depression miss an average of 4.8 days of work per month. Depression not only leads to high rates of absenteeism, but affects employee functional performance, quality of life, and in some cases leads to other problems like addictions, dishonesty at work, and intentionally detrimental behavior.
What you can do as a leader: First and foremost, check your management style and your company’s policy and corporate culture. Studies have shown that workers across a diverse occupational group have identified job stressors like high professional demands, low job control, and lack of social support in the workplace as contributing factors to their depression. Prioritize organizational practices, policy, and culture that encourage balance, health, employee empowerment, conflict resolution, transparency, and a sense of shared ownership in the mission and operations of the company. When appropriate, after seeking counsel from your HR department and/or legal team, offer resources such as therapy or support groups to your employees directly or through your EAP. You might also consider bringing in a consultant or coach specializing in the area of employee motivation or depression in the workplace.
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