Your Business Is More Exposed Than You Think

Many CEO’s, Board members and Executives have a false sense of security when it comes to their belief of how effective their businesses are in identifying and responding to those employees who are depressed or in crisis.

Though they may provide their employees with comprehensive benefits packages and are in contract with or run a qualified Employee Assistance Program (EAP), research suggests corporations are not identifying and/or responding to the majority of their employees who are depressed or suicidal.

Consider these findings by the University of Michigan Depression Center, supported by Eli Lilly and Company, which surveyed 443 employees with depression, 300 middle managers and 207 benefit managers (all working in companies with at least 500 employees):

  • 89% of benefit managers and 76% of middle managers said employees with depression can acknowledge their illness and still get ahead at their company but only 40% of the employees agreed.
  • over 90% of managers said people at their company can acknowledge they have depression and be treated with compassion but only 50% of the employees themselves felt the same way.
  • most middle managers believe assisting employees with depression is part of their job but only 18% have received the training necessary to identify depression and intervene successfully.
  • 65% of benefits managers report having an employee assistance program (EAP) for depression but only 14% of employees with depression have ever accessed one.

Download PDF—“Research Measures the Impact Depression Has on the Workplace”