As a supervisor, you may notice that some employees seem less productive and reliable-they may call in sick or arrive late, have more accidents, or just seem less interested in work. These individuals may be suffering from a clinical depression. While it is not your job to diagnose depression, your understanding may help the employee get the needed treatment.
Depression can affect your employees' productivity, judgment, ability to work with others, and overall job performance. The inability to concentrate fully or make decisions may lead to costly mistakes or accidents. In addition, it has been shown that depressed individuals have high rates of absenteeism and are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs.
As a supervisor, you can help your employees by making appropriate treatment available. Such efforts can contribute to a significant reduction in lost time and job-related accidents, as well as marked increases in productivity. Symptoms in the workplace may be recognized by:
- Decreased productivity
- Morale problems
- Lack of cooperation
- Safety risks
- Frequent statements about being tired all the time
- Complaints of unexplained aches and pains
- Alcohol and drug abuse.