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Poll: Depression Costs Employers Approximately $23 Billion Per Year

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDC) – The findings of a recent Gallup Poll show that American workplaces lose approximately $23 billion every year because of employees with depression.

A release on the poll’s findings says that depressed employees throughout the country miss 68 million more days of work total than healthier employees. The decrease in productivity caused by the increased absenteeism resulted in billions lost, Gallup stated.

“Full-time workers who have been diagnosed with depression make up make up 10.8 percent of the U.S. full-time workforce and average 8.7 missed work days each year due to poor health,” the release stated. “Workers who have never been diagnosed with depression miss an average of 4.6 work days per year.”

Researchers added on Gallup’s website, “Thus, those who have depression or a history of depression miss more than four additional days per year as a function of poor health, after controlling for age, gender, income, education, race/ethnicity, region, marital status, and obesity classification.”

So far this year, a reported 12 percent of all workers in the United States have indicated that they have been diagnosed of depression at some point during their lives. Approximately half of those people say they are presently being treated for depression.

Gallup also found that part-time workers were more likely to have been diagnosed with depression as 16.6 percent of part-timers say they have been at one point, in fact. Part-time workers suffering from depression also missed an average of 13.7 work days per year, as opposed to healthier part-time workers, who only missed 8.7 days.

The poll was part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which asked 237,615 full-time and 66,010 part-time employees various questions about their physical and mental health between January 2011 and December 2012.

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