Depression in the Workplace Affects Employers and Workers

More than ever before, depression has become an issue in America. Clinical depression is known to negatively affect your health, social interactions and personal relationships; and it can also affect your job or career. According to a recent Gallup Poll, about 12 percent of American workers have been diagnosed with depression at some point, and 6.1 percent of U.S. workers are currently being treated for clinical depression.

When it comes to work, we have all heard the phrase, “leave your problems at home,” but unfortunately you cannot leave your depression at home. A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way people eat and sleep, self-esteem, and the way they think about things. It will also affect workers’ performance at their jobs.

There are several of ways that depression can negatively affect an employee’s job performance. Below is a short list of ways that depression can affect employees in the workplace:

  • Increase in absenteeism
  • Loss of motivation
  • Changes in social interaction with other employees
  • Decrease job performance and productivity
  • Lack of cooperation

Besides affecting the employee, depression also affects employers and businesses as well. The same Gallup Poll mentioned above also revealed that annually, depression cost U.S. workplaces more than 23 billion dollars in lost productivity. Besides lost productivity, depression in the workplace is causing employers to spend money in other areas such as healthcare utilization, workers’ compensation and turnover.

Remember depression is a disease that can be treated. If you or somebody that you know is displaying signs of depression, take our depression survey. At A Place of Hope for Depression, we offer various methods of treatment for depression to make the workplace better for all employees and your employers. To find out more on how we can help treat your depression, contact us online or call us at 1-888-379-337 today.