Depression is an illness. Depression can be treated. Depression should not be ignored.
And the holidays can carry lots of triggers: sentimental memories, loneliness, less sunlight, changes in diet/routine, alcohol at parties, end-of-year timelines at work, unrealistic expectations.
What can you, as an employer, do?
Read "What to Say (and Not Say) When an Employee Is Depressed" from Suzanne Lucas, aka Evil HR Lady, where she provides some answers, including:
- What do you say?
- What are things you should not say?
- What can you do to support an employee with depression?
- How can you accommodate employees with depression?