New Survey Reveals Employees Diagnosed With Depression Have Increased Absenteeism

According to a new Gallup survey, Americans who have been diagnosed with depression at one point in their lives have cumulatively missed 68 million additional days of work each year compared to their non-depressed peers.

And if you’re an employer, this is all hitting your bottom line. This equates to $23 billion in lost productivity! (Yes, we said billion.)

The survey collected data from 237,615 full-time employees and 66,010 part-time employees during 2011 and 2012. Turns out, full-time employees who were diagnosed missed approximately 8.7 days throughout the year due to their health. Keep in mind this should be compared to people who weren’t diagnosed with depression. The latter population missed an average of 4.6 days per year.We should add that not all jobs are equal. Part-time employees were more likely to say they were diagnosed with depression. They missed an average of 13.7 work days each year compared to 8.7 missed days per year for their peers who weren’t depressed.

In addition, overall the survey pointed out an average of 12 percent of all workers in the nation have reported they were previously diagnosed with depression and about six percent are currently being treated for it.