Similar to the findings in our anxiety paper, depressed Millennials reported the highest rates of presenteeism among the three generations, while Boomers again reported the lowest amount of presenteeism. These findings show, that regardless of age, presenteeism is the most common impact of depression in the workplace.
I can’t control myself right now; I can’t control my emotions. My co-worker handed the phone to me to call you. I can’t control my anger and/or becoming emotional; everything triggers this condition!
- Millennial Male
There also appears to be a similarity in absenteeism reports with anxiety and depression. Boomers with depression reported the lowest rates of absenteeism, which appears to reaffirm the Boomers’ value of visibility at work. Gen X reported the highest rates of absenteeism, slightly edging out Millennials.
It is well known that our mood can affect our relationships, and as someone experiences depression, they are more likely to have interpersonal issues. The generational differences in declining workplace relationships are especially noteworthy. In contrast to the previous categories, Boomers were the most likely to report conflict in workplace relationships due to depression, at almost twice the rate of Gen X and Millennials. It is hard to decipher if the depression leads to challenges in workplace relationships or vice versa, but there is clear indication that Boomers are at high risk for these challenges, which can significantly impact productivity, especially in team settings.
I have work issues with my backstabbing, difficult coworkers. I know it’s me that has to change and look at this differently.
- Baby Boomer Male
Similar to declines in workplace relationships, Boomers were the most likely group to report having received disciplinary action due to symptoms of depression. This continues to show that while Boomers may be most likely to be at work, they are encountering other struggles that can have a significant impact on the workplace.