Thank you for covering the conference “Depression in the Workplace.” I especially appreciated Dr. Neil Korsen’s quote, “People are more likely to be stressed if they feel they don’t have control.”

In my work counseling people with depression, I have repeatedly seen people depressed by their sense of powerlessness, or lack of meaning and connection in their work.

Employers can help prevent workplace depression by providing fair benefits and leave time, inviting workers to participate in decision-making and visioning, engaging employees’ unique skills, encouraging positive teamwork, and asking employees regularly for feedback about their workplace experience.

Although this investment requires time and managerial skills-building, it pays off in employee health, productivity and commitment.

Rebecca Dorr

Mount Vernon

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