Manager support of employees with depression may reduce absenteeism

(Reuters Health) – In a working environment where managers feel comfortable offering help and support rather than avoiding employees with depression, absenteeism is lower and presenteeism is higher, according to a study covering 15 countries.

On average, this association between supportive managers and less depression-related absenteeism applied on a national level too, the researchers found. Employees who live in a country with a larger number of managers who avoid talking about depression tend to take more days off work, the study team reports in BMJ Open.

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