HR executives key to combatting workplace depression

By Joyce Hampton
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

HR executives must take a more aggressive role in dealing with employee depression, says Bill Wilkerson, one of the founders of the Business and Economic Roundtable on Mental Health. A new study produced by the roundtable points out that depression in the workplace costs Canadian businesses more than $8-billion a year in lost productivity and affects about 10 per cent of the workforce.

“In the past, HR executives have been centre stage in the process of downsizing and restructuring,” says Wilkerson. Now it’s time for HR leaders to assist their companies in combatting the fallout of those cost-cutting measures.

Wilkerson says HR managers must become advocates for employee health.