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Managing a depressed employee: What supervisors need to know

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Given the American Psychiatric Association’s estimate that one in six people will experience depression at some time in his or her life, chances are significant that you’ll deal with the issue of a depressed employee among your staff (or personally) during your managerial career. Yet despite its prevalence, don’t expect team members to readily come forward.

“Most depressed employees will never admit to their managers that they are depressed,” says David Reischer, human resources manager at LegalAdvice.com. “A large part of the reason for their silence is due to the stigma many employees experience around mental illness.” Thus, it often falls upon managers to recognize the situation. While signs of depression vary greatly, possible indicators include:

  • A noticeable drop in productivity.
  • Missing deadlines.
  • Absenteeism or tardiness.
  • Lack of focus.
  • Moodiness.
  • Sluggishness.
  • A tone of hopelessness or ...(register to read more)

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