3 Things My Employer Does That Helped Me Work While Depressed

Resources for Further Reading

Last Updated 4 May 2023

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Presentation Recap

The 3 practices that helped me work while depressed are:

  • Autonomy and flexible schedules
  • Management models healthy behavior
  • Supporting authenticity and vulnerability

Autonomy and Flexible Schedules

Autonomy in the Workplace: Why It Matters and How to Foster It
Lyra Health. Clinically reviewed by Keren Wasserman. https://www.lyrahealth.com/blog/autonomy-in-the-workplace/

Job autonomy and psychological well-being: A linear or a non-linear association?
Thomas Clausen, Line Rosendahl Meldgaard Pedersen, Malene Friis Andersen, Tores Theorell & Ida E.H. Madsen (2022). European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 31:3, 395-405. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/354393539_Job_autonomy_and_psychological_well-being_A_linear_or_a_non-linear_association

Who Gains Mental Health Benefits from Work Autonomy? The Roles of Gender and Occupational Class
Lu, Z., Wang, S., Li, Y. et al. Applied Research Quality Life (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11482-023-10161-4

Management Models Healthy Behavior

Managers, Encourage Your Team to Take Time Off
Sabina Nawaz. Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2020/06/managers-encourage-your-team-to-take-time-off

Unlimited Paid Time Off Policies: Unlocking the Best and Unleashing the Beast
de Bloom J, Syrek CJ, Kühnel J, Vahle-Hinz T. Front Psychol. 2022 Mar 24;13:812187. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35401348/

5 ways to improve employee mental health
American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/topics/healthy-workplaces/improve-employee-mental-health#train

Supporting Authenticity and Vulnerability

How to be a vulnerable and authentic leader (and increase employee engagement)
Janet Flewelling. The Business Journals. https://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2015/10/how-to-be-a-vulnerable-and-authentic-leader.html

Why We Need To Be More Authentic And Vulnerable In The Workplace
Beth Wagner. Fierce. https://www.fierceinc.com/why-we-need-authenticity-vulnerability-in-the-workplace/

Learning (not) to be different: The value of vulnerability in trusted and safe identity work spaces
Sandra Corlett, Meadbh Ruane, and Sharon Mavin, Management Learning 2021 52:4, 424-441. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507621995816

Protective factors and sources of support in the workplace as experienced by UK foundation and junior doctors: a qualitative study
Riley R, Kokab F, Buszewicz M, et al, BMJ Open 2021;11:e045588. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/11/6/e045588