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      Depression in the workplace decreases productivity

      A happy employee makes for a productive one. That's a motto Superior Extrusion President Dan Amberg believes to be true in any job. At his company, he tries to keep morale high by holding annual parties and awarding employees for their work.

      "We just try to recognize people in different ways throughout the year," said Amberg.

      On Facebook, Lori Ruonavaara wrote, "Productivity certainly falls when employees feel worthless."

      At SEI, they understand that and they have a system. Their Employee Assistance Program is specifically designed to meet the needs of their workers. It offers off-site counseling, free of charge, paid personal days off and a "Do ask, do tell" policy.

      "The biggest thing for us is we have an open-door policy with our employees--anybody can come in and talk to any manager," Amberg said.

      Some experts say they have the right idea.

      "If an employee has a path to communication, has a way to express concern and is open to caring, it just helps the employee; they feel that they will be heard," said Clinical Psychotherapist Susan LaFreniere.

      If daily gloom becomes a part of the daily grind, the effects can be harmful.

      "It's not good," LaFreniere said. "It will just build--symptoms will build, productivity will decrease, frustration from management. You can only turn your head so long and something will break."

      For tips on recognizing and dealing with stress and depression at work, click here.