Journal article

Depression in the workplace: An economic cost analysis of depression-related productivity loss attributable to job strain and bullying

Wesley P McTernan, Maureen F Dollard, Anthony D LaMontagne

WORK AND STRESS | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

Depression represents an increasing global health epidemic with profound effects in the workplace. Building a business case via the quantification of potentially avertable costs is essential to convince organizations to address depression at work. Our study objectives were to: (1) demonstrate a process path whereby job strain and bullying are related to productivity loss via their effects on depression; (2) estimate the costs to employers of sickness absence and presenteeism that are associated with depression; (3) investigate the relationship between depression severity and costs; and (4) estimate the contribution of job strain and bullying to depression-related productivity loss. A populat..

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