Depression isn’t just having a bad day, there is a lot more to this. It is known to negatively affect how a person thinks, feels and acts. It also decreases the person’s ability to perform daily duties at home and in the workplace.
Depression affects a large number of the working population, yet there is a distinct stigma around it. Employees are often hesitant to speak about their mental health for fear of being judged or unfair termination.
Aside from affecting employees personally, depression takes a toll on business as well. Employees aren’t motivated and it interferes with their productivity.
Symptoms of Depression
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
- Persistent sad or ’empty’ mood or anxiety
- Irritability and restlessness
- Reduced appetite and/or weight loss, or the opposite of this
- Loss of interest and enthusiasm in activities they once enjoyed doing
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
Depression , if left untreated, may have a significant impact on work performance . It contributes to employees not being able to give their all to the work they’re doing. It also leads to absenteeism, or employees missing days of work. It may also adversely impact multiple areas of employee performance, including focus and decision making, time management, completing physical tasks, social interactions, and communication . Like most other health conditions, early detection and effective treatment lessen the severity and impact of the condition. In case of emergencies you can always look for a list of emergency medical service apps online.
Employers can play a key role in supporting the early identification of depression and other mental health conditions and improving access to care. It’s an investment well worth making.
Strategies for dealing with workplace depression
- Raise awareness about depression in the workplace and how it affects productivity
- Talk to your staff about the early symptoms of depression, but don’t diagnose
- Reduce the stigma around talking about mental wellness and promote open dialogue.
- Create good working conditions by using ecotherapy techniques
- Be prepared to act quickly if necessary.
- Reduce workplace stress and pressure
Sometimes one person can help shift an entire culture. If you see that your company or organization is lacking in support of those dealing with mental health issues, be the person to help change the stigma and impact your work’s environment. The first step in helping could be asking, “Are you OK?”