Depression in the Workplace – What it Looks Like and How to Help
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Depression affects tens of millions of
workers across the U.S. and Canada, with
a cost to companies of more than $50
billion annually from absenteeism, loss of
productivity and medical expenses. By
2020, depression is projected to rank second
only to heart disease as the leading cause of
disability worldwide. The toll on the workers
themselves is often immeasurable.
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
Workers who are depressed often feel
tired, unmotivated and have difficulty
concentrating. Depression can cause
problems with decision-making abilities
and an increase in errors and accidents.
Workers with depression also miss work
more often and experience a higher level of
presenteeism, where a worker is present at
work but less focused and productive than
workers without depression.