Approximately 10% of European employees take time off work due to depression, according to a survey carried out by the European Depression Association, with an average of 36 days lost per episode.
However, despite the magnitude of the problem, nearly a third of managers reported that they have no formal support or resources to deal with employees with depression.
The IDEA survey polled more than 7,000 people and found that 20% of respondents had received a diagnosis of depression at some point. The highest rate was in the UK (26%), with the lowest rate found in Italy (12%). Among workers experiencing depression, those in Germany (61%), Denmark (60%) and the UK (58%) were most likely to take time off work.
As well as taking its toll on employees’ health, depression can be extremely detrimental to businesses. A 36-day absence would be inconvenient for any company, not to mention the hefty cost involved. As well as paying the employee who is suffering from depression, business owners often have to pay someone to cover the role.
Protecting workplace health
The best way to reduce the cost of sickness absence is to take a prevention rather than a cure approach. Medigold Health offers extensive mental health support for employees, including:
- Counselling (either face-to-face or on the telephone)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Occupational health advisor consultations
- Access to specialists
Medigold Health can help your employees deal with stress, anxiety and depression, as well as a range of other health issues. If you are looking to improve workplace health and reduce the cost of sickness absence, simply contact Medigold Health today.