Depression Doubles Missed Work Days

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A new analysis from Gallup has found that those with depression miss almost twice as many days of work compared to those who aren’t depressed. Part-time workers are more likely to suffer from depression, which results in even more sick days.

Gallup reports, “As U.S. employers move more aggressively to positively affect change around the physical well-being of some of their employees, such interventions may be inadequate to address the mental, emotional and psychological health of others.”

This report highlights the importance of engaging employees in the workplace, since engaged employees tend to be happier with their jobs and are also more likely to lead a healthier lifestyle. Gallup’s analysis also demonstrates that wellness programs need to address all aspects of health and wellbeing, not just the physical aspects.

Live Science, 7/24/13

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