• Depression in the Workplace: What Can We Do

      VandePol, Bob (2021-09)
      Although you might not know it, depression touches everyone in the workplace. Affecting nearly one in ten adults each year, depression is one of the top reasons for lost productivity, sick days taken and disability leave. Unaddressed depression in the workplace can contribute to lower profits and morale as well as increased mistakes and accidents. Ignoring depression is no longer an option. Rather than be bystanders, everyone in the workplace can help to address this issue. Depression is a serious medical illness of the brain that affects a person’s mood, concentration, activity level, interests, appetite, social behavior and physical health. Although depression is treatable, oftentimes it is a lifelong condition with periods of wellness alternating with depressive recurrences.
    • Whitepaper: Workplace Alcohol Screening - Current Research & Applications

      McCann, Bernard A. (2015)
      Alcohol misuse has a number of adverse effects on health and is a significant health problem worldwide. In the United States, alcohol use disorders are among the most costly medical and public health problems (McLellan, Lewis, O’Brien, & Kleber, 2000), ranking third as an avoidable cause of premature mortality and morbidity (Mokdad, Marks, Stroup, & Gerberding, 2005). A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated excessive drinking costs the US economy more than $224 billion annually, or about $1.90 per drink, and approximately $746 per person per capita with almost three-quarters of this figure due to binge drinking (that is, consuming four or more alcoholic beverages per occasion for women or five or more drinks per occasion for men). The majority of these costs were reflected in lost productivity (Bouchery, Harwood, Sacks, Simon, & Brewer, 2011).