Caring for Depression in the Workplace – Common Life Cases and Tips

depression in the workplace

Integrating employees with depression in the work field shouldn’t be a hassle. Most often, such employees find it difficult to adapt to new working conditions and even to cooperate with their co-workers. This, however, is no reason for shoving away a well-prepared possible or existing employee. Often, they become the subject of workplaces bullying. It is important that we create working conditions equal to those we offer to other employees. The purpose should be to end discrimination both in the recruitment/selection and in the working process.

Also, the nature of the company’s activity should not affect the candidate. If you truly believe that the working environment you provide may be harmful to them, it’s best that you recommend either other positions in your company or other ways of further developing his/her career in a different organization or field. DO keep their resume and records for any other future possibilities and assure them that they will be contacted in case a better position that matches their expertise is available. You should be aiming to objectively choose the right talent out of all the candidates.

Induction, as usual, should not be skipped and it can even be more detailed than usual. Check for signs that show how your working environment may be causing or influencing their depression. This is usually an indicator of a need to revise and improve the way in which you manage your human resources and working relations. Eventual conflicts inside your company can lead to workers’ ineffectiveness and exhaustion. Employees need to feel engaged in all of your tasks and want to be seen as efficient and dependable workers. As a leader, if you are truly interested in your employees’ well-being, express empathy and compassion without making anyone feel inferior or useless. Only a positive and enthusiastic attitude can lead to job satisfaction and even management appreciation. Stress in the workplace strongly impacts the performance of all of your personnel. Meeting the daily needs of your employees and dealing with possible issues should be a priority if you want your productivity to rise.

When it comes to avoiding social exclusion in terms of employment, always focus on the values that can match your company’s goals. As long as possible employees possess a desire to learn and advance personally and professionally, they will show long-term potential and bring more to the general development of your own work/company. You’ll find that they’re still able to efficiently communicate with managers, and they might even show more enthusiasm for the job than regular workers. In addition, an employee’s experience with depression can help you understand your customers and clients. Oversee the health and safety of your employees according to your country’s legislation. Include workshops, therapy sessions, free consultations, bonding outings, relaxation rooms, etc. Costs and most requirements remain the same as for most employees.

A little something for employees

Mental health in the workplace is so important but often neglected. To help you understand yourself more and turn employers’ attention towards to overall mental health of their employees, here are some practical cases:

  • If you often wake up in the morning and just snooze your alarm several times until 2-3 hours have passed, it’s a sign you need to find a career path that will fulfill you and make you want to get out of bed and do things. This is a clear sign of a lack of motivation (in other words, you’re not working the right job) or atypical depression. Check this article for further signs of depression including sleeping too much.
  • The 9-to-5 schedule is not made for everyone. I have a friend who switched to a night shift just because it helped her not feel that anxiety when going to work in the morning. So many people deal with anxiety, but its symptoms are often blurry and can be confused with other issues. Here’s a further reading for you if you often feel anxious in the morning. Besides therapy, really the only thing you can do is find a job with a flexible schedule or even go freelance so you’ll be able to take time to disconnect when you feel like it.
  • Moving on to obvious situations, if you’re the type of person who hates phone calls (any INTJs here?) you’re clearly not going to go for a customer support career or anything that involves making phone calls or talking to people. Similarly, any social anxiety or agoraphobia you might be dealing with will naturally guide you towards jobs or work situations that don’t involve working within a large team or from an open office. The problem here is that most jobs today require you to interact with other people and more companies are resorting to the dreaded office I mentioned. Going freelance is not always your best option as you’ll need to be a good communicator in order to find your clients so your best options remain a remote or work from home career.

Remembering mental health at an organizational level

To sum up, social inequality should not be a part of your organization and it should not influence its growth in any way. Remember to continually check for reasons your employees may not be productive or involved and provide quick and easy solutions. Feel free to share your thoughts on the difficulties people encounter at work and how they overcome them with the help of management and colleagues.

Published by Alexandra Cote

Alexandra Cote is a SaaS content writer and strategist with a passion for workplace productivity, social media marketing wonders, conversion rate optimization, artificial intelligence, and keyword research (Hooray for SEO!). Reach out to her via LinkedIn or her blog.

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