Few depressed employees approach HR: Survey

Results a ‘wake-up call’ for HR
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/13/2008

HR is virtually out of the loop when it comes to the management of depression in the workplace, according to the chief executive officer of the Toronto-based Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health.

A recent survey of 4,122 employees and managers commissioned by the roundtable, in conjunction with the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, found of the 26 per cent of employees who are diagnosed with depression or feel like they have depression, only 36 per cent told someone at work.

About three-quarters (76 per cent) of them told a co-worker, 46 per cent told a supervisor and only 17 per cent told HR.