Workplace Depression: What Employers Can Do

opinion Essay
550 words
550 words

Research conducted by Towers Watson, a US-based professional services company shows that Canada spends about $50-B a year due to lost productivity and in part, to compensate workers who are affected by mental health issues. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, mental health problems, including depression, account for about 30% of short‐term and long‐term disability claims. In fact, in 2011, depression was found to be the leading cause of claims for disability in Canada. The impact of depression is significant as shown by an 11% reduction in a worker's productivity after a major depressive episode. The latest national survey conducted this year shows that more than 60% of managers have supervised employees who were able to remain working while others have supervised workers who returned to work after taking a leave of absence for depression. Both employees and managers signified that the workers' concentration, memory and ability to make decisions were affected by their condition. Other symptoms of depression include loss of energy, depressed mood, weight loss or weig...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that canada spends about $50-b a year due to lost productivity and in part, to compensate workers affected by mental health issues.
  • Explains that depression was the leading cause of disability claims in canada in 2011.
  • Explains that workplace depression is a mental health condition influenced by many factors, including biological and social factors.
  • Explains that workplace depression became an area of concern in the early 90s, when employers and insurance companies began to notice an increase in disability claims due to stress. canadian centre for occupational health and safety president steve horvath believes that people who are depressed at work are not necessarily experiencing stress at the office only.
  • Recommends allowing reasonable accommodations to workers with mental health impairments to enable them to perform their jobs, such as flexible work schedules, timely breaks, and leaves for necessary counseling.
  • Opines that employers cannot be responsible for their workers' mental health, since their feelings in the office are part of a larger psychological make-up, which may be influenced by many factors.

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