Tuesday, February 14, 2012

5 Quick Tips for Combating Depression in the Workplace

It occured to me that we spend a lot of our time with the people we work with. A recent article on depression in athletics made me wonder what can be done more to prevent and combat depression in the workplace. A thorough search found some great tips, resources & facts surrounding depression in the workplace. Continue to reading for 5 quick tips for combating depression in the workplace. Read the full blog post.

How, as organizational leaders, can we combat depression in our organizations?

1. Know the facts. What exactly can cause depression? Is it a heredity or learned illness? Many factors can lead to depression, including:
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Physical or Emotional Abuse
  • Death of a loved one
  • Current employment
  • Chemical Imbalances
You can read up on depression by simply conducting a Google Search. You’ll find that the Internet provides some great resources and facts on depression and its causes.

2. Pay attention. Many employees will not speak to a co-worker or manager about their feelings because they may be afraid to lose their job, respect or confidentiality. It is important for managers and co-workers alike to be familiar with signs of depression. Be on the lookout for sudden changes in staff members’ behavior and/or some of the signs below:
  • Decreased or inconsistent with productivity
  • Absenteeism, tardiness, unavailable at work station
  • Withdrawal from co-workers or activities
  • Slowed thoughts
  • Frequent comments about negative feelings/tiredness
  • Reckless behavior
3. Reach out or Ask for Help. Click here to continue reading the full post...

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