Depressed Workers Who Feel Support Miss Fewer Days

Employees struggling with depression take less time off from work if they receive support and help from their managers, a new study suggests.

Many people suffer depression at some point during their working lives. But they often don’t disclose their condition or seek help because they’re afraid of repercussions, according to the researchers.

The new findings — based on surveys in 15 countries — show the value of active mental health workplace policies, the study authors said.

“Manager reactions to employees with depression can reflect broad cultural and organizational features that directly relate to employee productivity,” Sara Evans-Lacko and colleagues concluded.

Evans-Lacko is in the social services research unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science in England.