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Depression 'not a valid reason' for sick leave

Thursday 09 December 2010 by Gina Le Prevost

More than half of employers do not consider depression to be a good enough reason for taking time off, according to a new survey that may interest managers of those in accounting jobs.

According to Personnel Today, the study, conducted by online therapy service Mentaline.com, found 52 per cent of bosses thought the condition would not be a reason for taking time off work.

Founder of Mentaline Jesper Buch said it was shocking to see how many corporations were ignoring or downplaying the serious effect problems such as stress and depression could have on a worker.

"Many of these issues can actually stem from working environments, so it's important that employers acknowledge the problems and fully understand them," he was quoted as saying.

The findings come as a survey conducted last month by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and also reported by Personnel Today found 90 per cent of those with poor mental health said it affected their performance at work.