Working out matters of the mind

Depression in the workplace needs to be handled with understanding and sensitivity by employers, writes Gareth Naughton.

11th December, 2011
Working out matters of the mind
Dr Joe MacDonagh, chairman of the Irish Academy of Management: 'A good manager should respect that the person has been very honest about the issue'. Photo: Maura Hickey

Employees who succumb to mental illness need support and understanding from their employers when they return to the workplace. The days when stress or mental health difficulties could be is brushed under carpet are behind us - companies now have a responsibility to ensure their employees are well both physically and mentally.

There is no doubt that people are under far greater pressure now than they were five years ago. For many, the downturn has...

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