Depression among employees is a serious issue and one that some people think doesn’t exist. Even though it seems like there are many reports of depression, these claims are largely ignored. Depression among employees will cause them to be less productive in their work environment and sometimes resign or stop coming to work altogether.
In order to help out your depressed employee, here is how you can deal with the situation:
1. Talk about why you are worried about them and assure them that you do care about them as a person, not just an employee.
Depression can cause people to feel like no one cares about them or even notice that something is wrong. By communicating to your employee that you care about them as a person, not just an employee, they will feel less worried and more confident that they can recover from their depression. Talking with people in the workplace is a good way to show your employees that you care about them and need to know what’s happening.
2. Encourage them to reach out for help.
A lot of people who have depression try to hide it as it will make them feel even worse. It is important for your employee to know that you are not judging them for having depression because most people have it sometimes. Encourage your employee to talk to people they trust. They will receive support from people who genuinely care about them.
3. Avoid assigning a lot of work and make sure that they know when they have time off.
One of the biggest problems with depression is low self-esteem and negative thought patterns that continue even when the person goes off work to rest. When your employee is depressed, they may feel like they do not deserve praise, attention or happiness because they do not listen or feel like their actions are worth it anymore. If you assign a lot of work, it can cause your employee’s morale to drop and disrupt their career goals as well as cause them to hide it from you. It helps to offer praise, be empathetic and give them days off to rest.
4. Opt for mental health training programs
Depression is a complicated issue and your employees can benefit from mental health training programs. Training your employees in how to deal with depression can lead to less symptoms and make the process of recovering more efficient. These programs also show them that you care about their health and want to help them.
5. Offer to pay for their therapy sessions
Seeing a therapist may help your employee get back on track and learn new ways to keep depression at bay. It is also a good way to learn about their triggers. Therapy sessions can be expensive, but why not offer to pay for it or at least part of it?
6. Encourage them to take a leave of absence instead of resigning from the company
A lot of people who are dealing with depression will quit their job without realizing how much they need the structure that their job provides. Depression can cause someone to lose focus as well as make them withdraw from social activities where they could benefit from working and engaging with others in their workplace and community.
It is important to keep in mind that depression can affect your employee’s ability to work effectively. Here are some things you can do to help out your depressed employee. It is important to take their depression seriously, recognize the symptoms and make sure they seek the necessary help.
Written by Harshita Sevaldasani