Depressed Workers with Supportive Managers Take Less Time Off

Depressed Workers with Supportive Managers Take Less Time Off

  • Date: Monday 24th September 2018
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A recent study by the London School of Economics and Political Science has found that employees with depression who feel they are supported by their managers are less likely to take time off work than those whose bosses do not talk to them about their condition.

Researchers examined survey responses from more than 16,000 employees and managers in 15 countries worldwide. 

They looked at the relationship between workplace productivity and the way managers tackle depression. Findings showed that on average, people who lived in countries where managers avoided talking to them about their depression took an additional 4.1 days off work. 

On the other hand, countries with a greater prevalence of bosses who actively offered to help employees who were depressed were associated with lower absence levels. 

This suggests that a supportive manager is vitally important in helping employees to remain motivated and feel valued while performing their duties in the workplace. 

Working in a setting where managers actively avoid employees with depression may encourage evasive behaviour among affected employees, resulting in a tendency to take more days off work.

Source: IOSH Magazine

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