From absenteeism to presenteeism, depression could be costing South African business more than it thinks, according to a recent study.
Around 1060 participations nationwide were surveyed about whether or not depression had affected their working life. According to the study (by international research company Hexor), about 24% reported having been diagnosed with depression.
About half of those who reported being depressed also reported presenteeism, or finding it hard to concentrate when they were at work. This meant that tasks took longer to complete, and employees reported being more likely to make mistakes while battling depression.
Hexor Researcher Dr. Tienie Stander said that in total 74% of those reporting depression experienced trouble concentrating, making decisions and remembering tasks.