The Be Well at Work Program: Managing Depression, Absenteeism, and Presenteeism in the Workplace

1 Hour (VRA) | taught by Debra Lerner, MS, PhD

Course description

Dr. Debra Lerner will discuss current research on how depression in the workplace affects levels of absenteeism and presenteeism. She will also present strategies from the Be Well at Work Program that her department has devoloped for assisting and working with employees with depression.

You will learn:

  • to define and measure presenteeism

  • why it is important to employees and employers

  • the rationale for improving the functional outcomes of employees with depression

  • the health and economic benefits of the Be Well at Work Program’s multi-modal functional improvement interventions

Debra  Lerner, MS, PhD
Debra Lerner, MS, PhD

Dr. Lerner is a Senior Scientist within the Tufts Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS) and founder and Director of the Program on Health, Work and Productivity. She is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lerner also serves as the Director of Evaluation and Tracking for Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Dr. Lerner has dedicated her career to improving the health and well-being of working people and enabling them to participate fully and productively in the workplace. Dr. Lerner and her colleagues have extensive expertise in survey research and developed the Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ), which is used throughout the world and has become a standard of measurement. In addition, Dr. Lerner’s team has developed innovative intervention programs to enhance the functional performance and work productivity of working people with depression. Sponsorship for this research has been provided by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Lerner has published numerous articles on health and productivity improvement, many of which address the topic of depression in the workplace. She has served on many scientific panels and advisory boards including the Health Project, which administers the C. Everett Koop Award to for employer excellence in workplace health promotion.

This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session